Hi, my name is Tamiya. I live in Jersey Village, TX and I have been a caregiver for three years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my mom when I was younger had a stroke, and some of the caregivers asked me to become a nurse, and I took LVN, and I always knew that I wanted to care, and to give back, and to be able to make a difference in someone's life. When my mom had a heart attack, the nurses and the caregivers they were there when we couldn't be there, because we were in school. They took care of her. They were her companions. They did everything that she needed and she appreciated that.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver or anybody in the medical field would be to be patient. Listen to your patient, see exactly what they're needing and how you can assist them, in the best way that you can assist them. Also, if you don't know anything, don't know how to do anything, never hesitate to ask questions, because it's better to ask a question than to mess up, and potentially hurt that client or put their life in jeopardy.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is, because I'm young, because of my age and because I'm an LVN and I'm a nurse, the elderly sometimes they see me as not being competent or just because of my age, they automatically assume that I don't know what I'm doing. I met a client one day in the nursing home, and she sat down and she just explained to me, "You're young, but I know you can do this. Don't let people and things that they say deceit you."