Hi, my name is Veronica. I live in Pasadena, CA and I have 14 years of experience.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was nannying for an infant that had biliary atresia which is a reflex in the digestive system. After he sadly passed away, I went into working with quadriplegics and paraplegics through the veterans of Long Beach. Which I then received my skilled nursing license. After working for the VA for 12 years and working with quadriplegics and paraplegics, and also hospice, stroke patients, companion patients, surgery recovery patients, I went back to school and got my CNA, HHA, and RNA license. I have continued to work with companion care, surgery recovery, stroke patients, Alzheimer's patients, and I love what I do. I feel like this is my calling and I wake up every single day to take good care of my patients or anybody whom I am caring for.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to go over all her notes that are highlighted and detailed, to read thoroughly through her notes before being in contact with the new patient. Make sure that she can understand and provide everything that the new patient will need. Always pay attention to detail. If she does not understand something to please ask a question. Do not be afraid to ask a question, and always stay by your patient if they are a risk fall. Always make sure that you're there if the patient needs you. If she wants privacy or she's in the bathroom, stay close by the door, but make sure that you are not wandering around the house. Make sure that you are always in close range of that patient. Use your safety belt always. And just give the best care every single day with a good attitude, high spirit, and always, always put your patient number one.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is Eloise. She was just so loving, and so kind, and so happy to be around. I loved getting up every day and going to work, and looking at her smile, seeing how happy she was, how kind she was to me. I enjoyed being around her all the time. I loved going to lunches with her. Making her lunch. We would make lunch together. We would go to marketing together. We'd go to outings together, and I just loved being around her. She made me feel very special as well as, of course, me making her feel special and caring for her. I enjoyed going on walks with her. We would talk about the birds, the trees, and it was just so comforting being around her warm personality, and her warm smile, her hugs. And she, Eloise, will never be someone that I will ever, ever forget.