This is going to be awesome. That’s the thought I kept repeating to myself as I walked up the drive way to the gigantic and imposing house of my new client. And I did believe that. At least the part of me that wasn’t filled with anxiety believed it.
This is my second job as a home health caregiver. It comes at the heels of my first gig in home care which led to…well, it led to Long Island for God sakes. And to many many first time experiences, all of which were eye-opening and incredible, but none of which were easy. So you can understand why my perception of home care was a little askew. I just had no idea what to expect.
Mainly, I was incredibly grateful that this opportunity came about. I can’t be without work. I’m a CNA. We don’t have financial safety nets. We’re lucky to cover the electric bill. So, this is where I landed and I’m thankfully still on my feet.
Still, even after all this time, I get nervous when meeting a new resident or client. It’s an awkward dance. There is no graceful way of saying “Hi! It’s nice to meet you! I will be with you in your most vulnerable moments. I hope you like me!” But that’s also my favorite part of the job; the building of a mutual trust and connecting deeply because of it. Some of my most valued moments have arisen due to the unique caregiver/client relationship. You have to learn each other.
This is going to be awesome. I took a deep breath and knocked on the door. As my new client’s husband showed me around, I noticed a big magnet on the fridge. It read “Well behaved women rarely make history.” I smiled to myself. Oh we are going to get along just fine!