Hi, I'm Thalia Bracey. I live in Pasadena, CA and I've been a CNA for 3 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I love to help people. Since I was a little girl, I always seen my older relatives go in the health care field. My mother's a LPN, and my aunt's a RN, and my grandfather's a doctor. So, I've always been around people who help other people. It just grew on me to just want to help others.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver will be to just treat them as you would want to be treated or as you want your family members to be treated. Because one day you're going to need somebody to take care of you and treat you fairly, and treat you like you're still a human being. Just treat them like how you'd want to be treated or like they're your own grandparent. That should make your job easier, or that might help you when you get aggravated or a little frustrated. Just remember to try to keep calm because they're elderly, and they don't function like how they used to. So a lot of the things and the mistakes they make aren't really their fault. It's their age.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget will have to be Miss Charlotte. I remember when I first started working with her. I was a new gradulate. I was only maybe only 18 or 19. And oh my gosh, we would fuss all the time with each other because she's very particular on how she wants certain things done. She wants the pillows to face a certain way, the blankets to touch a certain corner. She's very particular on how she wants her caregiving being that she was a survivor of having a stroke. So half of her body was not functional. So she still made still made sure that everybody knew that even though she couldn't do for herself, she could speak up for herself. And she wasn't lost. And so, after maybe a week of having her, we grew really close. And she would tell me about so many things that was going on around her time being that she grew up around the '60s and '70s.
She taught me a lot about myself because I thought that I had a lot of problems, and I thought that I was going through a lot. And then I started hearing, well, what she was going through when she was my age. She helped me be a lot more grateful and appreciative of what I have. She's just always so happy and joyful when I see her. I learned a lot from her, and I hope when I'm her age, I can be the same way. I mean she still has her teeth. She's 80 years old. She has every last one of her teeth, and they're pearly white. So yes, that's one of my most memorable patients because she definitely helped me realize that I will make it through. And that if I put my head to it, I can do anything. So I'll definitely always remember Miss Charlotte.