Hello, my name is Tasha, I've been a caregiver for three years and I live in Riverside, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I've always wanted to be a nurse and knowing that I wanted to be a nurse, I decided to begin as caregiver just to see what type of clientele I wanted to do-- if it was children or geriatric and I then had stopped being a caregiver to care for my relative, my mother who has dementia, diabetes and a slew of other elements and I just have a desire to care for people in general, as well as, I'm currently a licensed pharmacy technician for the State of California.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to always remain patient, assess every situation differently because all patients-- their elements, their personalities are very different. See what their activities are and see what you can bring personally to make them comfortable, make them feel safe, make them feel like you really, really do care and to always remember that they are different. Everybody comes from different background and different orientations. Everythings different about everyone and remain open-hearted because without having an open-heart and being caring, you won't be a good caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Gerald. He was just recently diagnosed with a cancer and he started to lose a lot of faith and because he and I was religious, the one thing that I would always-- that he would just come and talk to me about is, "Why would God do this?" and I just had to refer to the Bible and tell him things like "God always says that we have a place of rest and you've lived a nice, rich life, right now is your time to rest and just focus on what God has for you which is rest and praising him." His response to me was, "I'm so glad God placed you here. This is where God wanted you to be", he said, "I thank you and I think that you're a part of my family." At that moment, I knew that everything that I've done for their family, everything that I've been doing in my life and with my work in Christ, it was just the most thing that just touched me and throughout all my years of caregiving and it just let me know that and confirmed that being a nurse was what I was designed to be and being a caregiver is what I am designed to be.