Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Ana Ayala, and I live in San Mateo. I have been a caregiver for about 10 years. I became a caregiver because my cousin's husband asked me to take care of his grandmother. When she passed away she was very peaceful. She liked how I was taking care of her, and I like to help elderly people.
Who is the first client that comes to your mind?
One of my favorite clients is a gentleman who had a stroke a year ago, and he lost his wife 3 months before he had a stroke. It was very hard for him, and when he left the hospital he required 24-hour care. Two months later he only required 12-hour care because he was getting better. I feel proud of this - and as of two weeks ago, he only requires 6-hour care. That means he feels much better! He is one of my favorites because I have seen his healing process starting from the beginning.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
The elderly like to continue his or her life. It doesn’t matter how old they are. Sometimes 85 or 95, they want to be independent. I am grateful to see elderly people, because I can learn.
What makes you a good caregiver?
I am a good care giver because I am trustful, respectful, caring, and they feel comfortable with me. I try to make them as independent as possible.