Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Anne and I live in El Cerrito California. I started working as a caregiver for a year-and-a-half in Africa. When I came to the United States in 2009, I got a job as a caregiver using my experience from back home.
What do you enjoy most about being a caregiver?
What I like most about being a caregiver is caring for the elderly, because I know one day I'll also be elderly. I want somebody to be taking good care of me. "Do unto others." If I do good, somebody will do good to me. If I do bad, somebody will pay back what I've done bad. So I always take good care of my clients.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The first client who comes to my mind is Mrs McCrane because I was there for four and a half years. I was so attached to her, she was like a mom to me. The family was just lovely. I cared for her for so long that they just consider me as part of the family. She passed on two weeks ago. I miss her. I really loved her.
What did you admire about Mrs McCrane?
What I admire most about Mrs McCrane was that she was just a lovely a person. Although she didn't talk or walk much anymore (she was total care), she appreciated my service. Once in a while she would say, "Go ahead" with a smile on her face. She couldn't say much but I liked that part.
What advice would you give to a new caregiver?
If I could give one piece of advice to a new caregiver, it would be to be kind to whoever you're caring for. Do your job wholeheartedly. We shouldn't just do it for money. We should do it to help, because this job is caring for others. Sometimes you will come across clients who have dementia and they'll shout at you, but that doesn't mean they're horrible. They don't always know what they're saying. You just have to forgive them and love them the way they are.