Hi, my name is Yesenia. I live in Fairfield, CA and I have been a CNA or caregiver for only a few months.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I have always loved to help people in anything that I am capable of. And my grandmother helped raise me. Throughout the years, I noticed a decline in her life and I became interested in caregiving for the elderly. My grandmother has always been like a mother to me, so I would always love to help her with anything to provide the best care that I can, which is why I became a CNA.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to focus on the most important thing that the resident or patient needs and do that first. And then start doing the simple things. But always keep in mind that whatever the resident asks you for in that moment, he or she should receive because the resident should be first before anything else.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is a 94-year-old woman who I have been caring for at the retirement home who has dementia. And some days it's happy, some days she's angry, some days she's crying, but overall, she just wants you to give her your devoted attention. Even though she is pretty independent, she wants you to be there all the time. She always calls for help. So I am one of the few CNAs that will be walking by her room, and if I hear her calling for help, I will stop. Even though I know she probably doesn't need anything, she just wants attention, I will stop and comfort that woman, no matter what.