Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Adjo, I live in El Cerrito and I've been working as a caregiver for 4 years now. Before I became a caregiver, I was a midwife in my country. I love babies, children, and seniors. I love everybody. So, it's kind of in my blood that I like to take care of people. That's why I became a caregiver when I came to the United States.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Of all the people I've cared for, the first person who came to my mind was Pamela. She has her own house, she doesn't have kids, and she has a heart problem. I was doing live-in care with her and she's very nice. When I go there I help her with bathing, feeding, meal preparing, and house cleaning.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
A piece of advice I'd give a new caregiver is first of all to be patient, to be kind, and to be a loving person. If you don't love yourself, you can't love another person. If you don't love yourself, you can't take care of another person.