Hi, my name is Tanisha. I live in Sacramento, CA, and I've been a caregiver for 7 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I love to care for others, I love support elders independence. I've been doing this ever since I graduated out of high school. As soon as I turned 18, I went right to Solano College of Nursing and got my CNA license, and ever since then I've been doing care giving in facilities and one on one at clients home. I have the passion and drive, I have the patience to be a caregiver. I know what it takes to be a caregiver, and that's what I love to do, and I'm going to continue on in the near future, and continue on being a caregiver because it's just the clear path that I have chose, and I love what I do.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be have all the patience that you can. Be very understanding and know that you're going to be in the same predicament one day. Treat people how you want to be treated. Don't get frustrated, don't get ashamed when a client or patient doesn't want to deal with you. Sometimes patients are very hard to come onto, sometimes it takes awhile for them to warm up to you and to get used to your environment, and getting used to you being around and having to help them out and do things, because a lot of residence are more independent and they want to be more independent, as they know they should be. So it all just comes with patience and having the passion, and actually the heart to be a caregiver. That's the most great advice that I will give to a new caregiver stepping out in this field.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget would be Ms. Jessie. Ms. Jessie was very great. She taught me a lot of words of wisdom, she taught me a lot of different things when it comes to cooking different recipes, southern recipes to be exact. She was a very warm hearted woman. She was just like a grandmother to me. She was very great to me, she never gave me a hard time. She showed me a lot of different ropes. She was a nurse herself back in her day, so she taught me a lot. I've learned a lot of things from her as far as becoming a registered nurse, and all those things of that sort. I will never forget Ms. Jessie. That was one of my best clients that I've had, and I started out with her way in the beginning when I first became a caregiver. She was one of my first personal clients through an agency where I went to home with one on one. I always will remember Ms. Jessie.