Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi. My name is Angela and I live East Palo Alto. I've been a caregiver for ten years. The person who inspired me to become a caregiver was my mom. She's a CNA nurse and she's been doing this since I've been in high school, and watching her work with elderly and working in hospitals, made me want to get into the caregiving business, so here I am.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I'll never forget is a sweet old lady that I used to work for in South San Francisco. I worked with her for about four years. I assisted her with bathing, taking her out on daily adventures, to the movies. Sometimes we'd go to the mini golf for kids, but she'd love it watching the kids playing and just being around; also out to bingo. She loved dressing up so we'd always play dress up. She reminded me a lot of my grandmother and she was just the sweetest little old lady I've ever worked for.
What did you learn from your client?
What I've learned most with working for her for four years, especially with the condition that she had with Alzheimer's, was having patience, being patient with her and being there for her, especially with her memory loss and all. You just had to have a lot of patience and be the right person to take care of her, and I enjoyed it.
What are your strengths as a caregiver?
People have told me that I'm a great caregiver because I'm patient. I smile a lot. I'm a very outgoing person and I just love being around elderly people. I learn a lot from them and there's a lot of things you can learn from those who are older than you. And I like to listen. I like to give good advice, especially to the elderly. So I think that's why I'm a great caregiver because I like to listen to when they talk and I have the patience.
What has been your proudest moment as a caregiver?
My proudest moment of being a caregiver is hearing the family of the old lady that I took care of in San Francisco saying how proud they were and how thankful they were that I took care of their mom for all these four years, until she passed on.