One of our Home Care Heroes, Dakota, participated in a Q&A with Good Housekeeping on caregiving during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dakota earned her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification through Wake Tech Community College. She was also a recipient of the Aware Senior Care Scholars Program. She’s an amazing caregiver we are privileged to have with us who families absolutely adore.
Home Care Heroes: Caregiving During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Q. What kind of work do you do?
A. I work as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Caregiver for Aware Senior Care in Raleigh, North Carolina. I provide personal home care for clients.
Q. What has your day-to-day looked like the last few weeks?
A. My day always starts with taking my temperature before I ever leave my house.
When I get into my car, I take a few minutes to wipe my steering wheel and any commonly touched objects inside. When I get to my client’s home, I spray myself and the tops and bottoms of my shoes with disinfectant before I enter the home.
Once I enter, I immediately wash my hands. I proceed to assist my client with daily hygiene tasks, including washing their hands, before breakfast.
After breakfast, we wash our hands again and continue to wash them about every 30-40 minutes and before every meal. While my client is resting, I take the time to disinfect the mail, anything that enters the house, and all light switches and doorknobs before any exposure can occur.
After dinner, I soak the dishes in very hot soapy water before washing them and then rinse them in cold water.
Every night before I leave, I use Lysol spray to disinfect the commonly used furniture, rooms, and bathrooms. I wash all laundry on the hottest setting to kill any germs.
Q. What has given you the strength to put yourself in harm’s way every day?
A. Knowing that I am providing the care to others when they need it the most, physically and emotionally, gives me the strength to continue my work every day. I try to put myself in my client’s shoes and give them the same love and compassion the Lord Christ has shown me through the years.
Q. Can you think of any positive takeaway or silver lining from this experience?
A. It has been a very humbling experience as I’ve started to realize where I prioritize my time – and where I should make changes in my own life.
As a country, I think it’s also caused us to slow down and spend quality time with our family.
I believe that through this chaos we will see a season of renewal as a culture and community.