Hi, my name is Antinia. I live in Vallejo, CA and I've been a caregiver for six years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I used to take care of my grandma before she passed away in 2006 and took care of her by helping her with her insulin, cleaning up, washing her clothes, go get food for her, take her to her doctor appointments, make her back home, make sure that she take her meds and stuff like that. And also take care of my dad. He has asthma so he got a respiratory breathing machine and I help him around the house.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to the new caregiver would be if this is your field and you like to work for the elderly, they need us. We are like their family and anything that they need, it's our job to help them and also to establish a relationship with them. And just being there for them, helping them when they can't do things on their own. It has to be a drive that you want to do to help people. It's not something that you're not forced to do, it's something that you want to do and you want to do it from your heart. If you don't just want to do something from your heart then this job ain't made for you. So that's just my advice.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is a lady. She lives at Aegis and she loved talking. She's very smart. Even though she needed care to take off her clothes and to bathe her and change her [inaudible] and stuff but she really understood that she needed the care and that sometimes, she have dementia so she'd forget things and stuff. And that she'd forget where she's at so I'd talk to her and stuff and then she'll tell me her stories about her kids and I ask her questions about her life and the fun things that she did and everything. And she would tell me all kinds of things and this place where she grew up too and then her husband and stuff