Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi, my name's Alma. I live in San Fransico, and I've been a caregiver for seven years. I became a caregiver because I always wanted to become a nurse, so I started and I was trying to get experience to help people.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
One of my favorite clients was a very special man, 42-years-old, with cerebral palsy. It was very special. I worked with him for five years. It was very attached. He never speak. He never was able to walk, so I just do everything. Several bed sores. It was very contracted. It was very fragile to position him, and that's my experience - most of my experience that I have. People tell me that I'm a good caregiver because I always put myself in the shoes of the client. I'm trying to connect it with them. I don't know. I got a lot of empathy for the clients. I've got a lot of compassions.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
The good advice I would like to give to any caregivers is always listen to the family because the family knows better what the clients needs.
My proudest moment working as a caregiver is working with this 42-years-old man with cerebral palsy. I got a lot of experience with him, a lot of compassions. He solved problems. He'd teach me how to feel happy, how to be alive. Because even with all the problems he used to have, he always used to have a smile in the morning, always.