How did you get into caregiving?
The person who inspired me to become a caregiver was my mom and my grandparents. When my mom and my dad went to California and we were left in the Philippines, it was my grandparents who take care of us, so I kind of think of it as returning the favor.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Out of all the people I've cared for, the first person that pops in my mind was this diabetic woman. She loves to sing, and I love to sing too. So she would play the piano, and I would just sing along. She has dementia, Alzheimer's, so it's amazing how her memory doesn't remember, but her hands do, if that makes sense. So she would play the piano and I would just sing along. Even if she has dementia and she didn't know me for that long, she still remembers me.
Are there any caregiving tips you can share?
One piece of advice I would give to a new caregiver is patience. Treat the resident or the client as if they were your family member. How would you like to treat your family member? How would you want them to be treated? That's how I care for them - as if they were someone important to me - and that's how I go on with caring for clients.