Hi I'm Adi. I live in Los Angeles right now, but I lived in the city of Inglewood,CA. I've been a caregiver for about three years now.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I love to make a lot of difference in a senior citizen's lives. Most importantly, I used to care for my mom who suffered from stroke back home in Fiji. So when I came here and when I talk to a senior citizens or whoever is sick that needs care, it really touch my heart because I'm a very humble person that loves to take care of people. So that inspired me. I just want to make a difference in people's lives that I touch. That's my main reason that I want to become a caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is that to bring your life down, to bring yourself down in the level of that person that you are going to take care of. Share her interest with you and just be kind and be loving to the person that you are going to take care of, and never let her see that she's not capable. Just go through the relationship that you have with her. You have to let her know or show her that she is very capable, and she is just a normal person like you. I think that is very important for a caregiver to advise another caregiver. Just bring yourself down to the level of that person that you are taking care of and be just so loving, kind and respect the person that you are going to take care of.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that I will never forget taking care of is Ruth. This lady has a special place in my heart. There was a deep and caring bond that developed between her and me. I would say that it will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace. Ruth is such a loving, sweet lady, and although she is suffered from Alzheimer's but right through after eight months that I've taken care of her, nobody would know that got she suffered from Alzheimer's when they're walking through that house. She's normally, the type of conversation that we have, but I would say she is just so loving and so sweet. And it was certainly a joy to take care of her.