Hi, my name is Wilmarie. I live in Inglewood, CA and the experience I have in home healthcare would be voluntary work and it was six months.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my aunt and uncle back in Puerto Rico own a nursing home facility and working with them got me very involved with the elderly who had Alzheimer's Disease, and I decided that it was something that I would continue doing. So, I went on to getting a Certified Nurse Assistant certification as well as Home Health Aide.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to never take things personally when it comes to working with the elderly who has Alzheimer's Disease, just because you never know how they're going to be feeling the day you're going to work, and every day is different for them, and every day they're going to be feeling new type of way, so my best advice would be never take things personally.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Manola. She was a very strong and active woman. She was one of the youngest we had at the home, and I remember her always asking me to sit by her, and doing activities with her, and I remember her always going off on certain people when they didn't do things her way, and me and her just had this connection that it was incredible. It was something I looked forward to. I looked forward to seeing her every day and it was amazing.