Hi, my name is Tatiana, I live in Los Angeles, CA and I have 2 years of experience as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because in high school I had to do a project in a nursing home and I pretty much interned and I worked with the activities director and I really enjoyed helping out with the activities with the older adults. I decided to go on and go to nursing school, due to how much I enjoyed being a caregiver and I graduated from nursing school, had my interim permit to be a registered nurse. I enjoy working with the elderly population because they are a vulnerable population and I enjoy advocating for them, and just providing service to them, I find it very rewarding. And I will be a registered nurse in January once I complete taking a psychology course.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be patient understanding and treat this person as if they're your own family member. Sometimes I see other co-workers become frustrated, become upset and in moments like that I kind of try to go over to them, help them take a deep breath, even sometimes if I get a little frustrated and overwhelmed with all the work I have to do, I just take a deep breath and I remember that these people need me and that I'm here to help them, and just remember that it's an honor to do so.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is a client I had while I was working at a nursing home. The client suffered from MS, and could only chew and move her neck, other than that she was completely reliant on us to move and reposition her and feed her. I will never forget how positive she was about her situation, the way she would light up a room, the that she would make you smile when you entered the room and how welcoming she was, and thankful for everything she had. And that was a client that I will always remember because she gave me perspective. She had every right in the world to be angry, to be irritated, to be annoyed because she had lost control over her body. But instead she was thankful for the things that she did have, the things that she could do, and that's something I will never forget and will hold on to for the rest of my life.