Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Adelina. I live San Mateo, and I have been a caregiver for 30 years. I became a caregiver for a friend who has a residential care home for the elderly. From there I went to school and became a CNA and a Home Health Aid.
Who is the first client that comes to your mind?
One of the clients that I have taken care of had Parkinson disease. I started with her in the early stages, and I stayed with her until her death. I helped her in all her daily activities - from driving, taking her to doctor’s appointment, personal care, practically everything. She really became close to me as a mom, and that's why I love this job.
How would others describe you as a caregiver?
People tell me that I'm a good caregiver because in my heart I love to do it, and I take care of everybody as my own.