Hi. My name is Afiba. I live in Hayward, CA. I've been a caregiver for the past six years.
How did you get into caregiving?
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
I became a caregiver because I used to take care of my grandfather when I was back in Africa. My grandfather was a diabetic and I was taking care of him. When I had the fortune to come to the United States, that's what I've learned that you can go to school to become a caregiver to take care of old people. So that's when I began to take care of people.
My advice to any caregiver would be to be patient, loving and caring. To be compassionate because for you to be a caregiver, you need to have that love and care, and to have a compassionate heart to take care of old people.Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Her name is Lilliana. One day I was taking care of her and then she told me, in a nutshell, we are all the same people. Because even though I'm black, we all have the same red blood flowing through us. That's the only memory I have of her. She was so sweet. She was even encouraging me. Even though I'm black, I shouldn't look at my color because as long as I have that loving care, that's what matters.