Hi, my name is Tina Hatter. I live in Berkeley, California and I've been a care provider for over 15 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a care provider because back in 2004, my daughter became ill with an infection. A bacterial infection of the blood. It's called Encephalitis Microplasm and she was in a coma for five months. And watching her go through that tragedy, it was in my heart to want to be there for others like I was for her. So that's what made me really, really want to get out there and just give back and give that nurturing love to help others.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new care provider would be with the kind of work we're doing you have to have patience, you must be a little understanding, and you never should feel sympathy but you want to feel compassion and be uplifting and encouraging to the clients. You would like to be able to encourage them and make them feel good about themselves and try to make them feel as independent as possible, not to try to make them feel like they're incompetent. Especially when you're dealing with the adults. Most adults are independent, so you want them to feel like they're in control.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget and is most memorable to me would be Leonard. He's a happy, easy going person as long as he has his hot dogs and his coffee and his cigarette. If he don't have those cigarettes, the coffee, or the hot dog, then he can become a bit fiesty. But for the most part, he's an easy going person. Very fun to be around, very appreciative. That's what I really, really enjoy about working for Leonard, is everything, all the services I gave to him, he always told me thank you and he appreciate me and that made me feel good about doing my job even more. So that's where I was with Mr. Leonard.