Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Adriana. I live in Richmond, California, and I've been a caregiver for about seven years.
What inspired you to become a caregiver?
What inspired me to become a caregiver was taking care of my grandmother. She really needed a lot of help with mobility issues and getting in and out of the bathtub and just being very careful with her. That's what inspired me to become a caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
A client I will never forget was Karen. She was at a facility in Martinez, I don't remember what the facility was called, but we went on an outgoing and she was just wonderful. She didn't really have a good enough, strong enough arm because she was in a wheelchair. I was very helpful with her, and it was just-- she was really a tough lady, even though she wasn't really able to move around a lot. I just will never forget her. She was awesome. What I admired most about Karen was that she was very strong, even though she wasn't able to get around by herself, she was still a strong independent woman. I was trying to help her while we were on our outing. We actually went to a quick [?] to go hiking, and she was in a wheelchair, so of course I needed to help her go up. But she was just like, "No, I got it. I got it. I can do this." I just love that she was very strong, and she was determined to get up that hill by herself even though she really couldn't. But I just love the fact that she was very strong about the situation. She didn't give up.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
One piece of advice I would give to a new caregiver is be strong, respectful and responsible to yourself and to your client because it's really important to be strong while working with other people because there's a lot of people out there that have a lot of mobility issues that can't get around, can't get in the bathtub, can't go out to the grocery store by them self because they need help walking or they can't see, any type of things. I would just say make sure you're very strong and confident in helping others and confidence in your self because it's really important.
One of my proud moments being a caregiver was with my grandmother because like I said, she grew up with me her whole life. She took care of me. I think since I was little she was able to take care of me. Now that she's older, she can't take care of herself, so I'm glad that I was the one who was able to help her and keep her head up at all times because she been had a stroke three times, and I was there every step of the way. I went with her to the hospital. I think that would be one of the best moments.