Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi my name is Angelina Elliston. I’m from Bernal Heights, San Francisco and I’ve been a caregiver for about 1 year now and I was a CNA for 8 years.
Who is the first client that comes to your mind?
Of all the people that I’ve cared for, the first person I think of is Mrs. Francis. She is 92 years old, a very nice lady. I’m amazed with her. At the age of 92 all that she does is a cane, she doesn’t use a walker. She’s pretty stable in her body for 92 years old. She’s tall and very strong, except that she has dementia, which is why she needs 24-hour care. Other than that she’s very strong. All we do is fix her meals three times a day, personal grooming, comb her hair and cooking, laundry, all that. She’s a very strong lady.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
If I would give one piece of advice to a new caregiver that would be: be respectful and punctuality. Why is it important? Even though you are taking care of the client, they are sick, you have to give them respect. They really appreciate that. And punctual because you have to think of other caregivers. They have other things to do, they have other jobs, or they have an emergency. You have to be there, for example your time is 7 o’clock, you have to be there at least seven minutes or five minutes before your time. Because it’s important, not only for the client, but for the other caregiver.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
My proudest moment as a caregiver was when Francis gave me a hug real tight and said, “I love you for doing that, I really appreciate you for doing that.” because I brought her favorite yogurt, Activia. She said, “You’re the only one that does this for me. You’re my favorite person. You’re my favorite caregiver.” And since then I always bring her an Activia yogurt.