Hi, my name is Summer. I live in Citrus Heights, CA and I've been a CNA for 17 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I love what I do. I love the elderly. I love the stories that they tell about their life. I love to make them smile. I love that they always love when I come in. I just love what I do. It's the only thing I've ever done. I also took care of my grandpa and my grandma when they passed away, which probably helped a lot, being a CNA. And I still continue to do what I do, and I still have the heart for it, and probably always will do this.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to always have a smile on your face. And when you get into a tough situation, and the patient is upset or embarrassed, you try to remind them of things and take their mind off of things. Most of the time that works. With dementia patients and people that have those types of situations, you kind of redirect, and sometimes that works. Sometimes they're still upset. You just give them a minute. You come back. You try something else. But most of all, just be patient.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Deborah. I worked with her in a nursing home for about five years. I would work all over the building. I didn't work on just one hall. Whenever I would work on a different hall, she would wheel herself over there, just to have lunch with me on my break. I would come in and see her on my days off. She was a pretty important person to me. There's been so many others, I wouldn't even know where to start. I just love my job, and I love what I do. And I love making the patient smile, especially when they're having a bad day.