Hi, my name is Catherine. I've been a caregiver for one year plus. I live in Oakland, CA.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my sister needed my help. I took care of my sister and I was the person that made sure that everything she needed that was given to her. Then my dad, he needed help. I also took care of him. Took him to the hospital, made sure that his food were ready, made sure that everything that he needed was given to him. I took care of him until the day he passed. That's how I got to be a caregiver. I like to take care of people, who I know that are sick. It is my passion and I always love to do that. Even when I don't get paid to do it, I will still do it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to the new caregiver is please, when you are taking care of the seniors, know that they do have different behaviors sometimes because of sickness. The work of a caregiver is to give them that dignity that they need and the respect and try to understand them. That'd be the only thing, when you have a passion in doing something. You have a passion to find a way to relate to them. With that passion, there is nothing that you see in the job that will put you off. That's my advice to a new caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
My most memorable client. I used to go to her house, helped her clean, did the laundry and other things. She's like 80 something years old and the other one is also 80 something or close to 90 but she was the person I was giving the care. Whenever I went over there, I tried to relate to her the way I would also do to my mother. We started talking and I told her that my mom is almost the same age as her. That's what I was doing. I'm not just doing it because I'll be paid. I'm doing it because if it's my mother, I will take care of her that way. So as the person doing that job, having that picture before me, that this is like my mother and I'm taking care of her the way I will take care of my mother. She was thrilled and I had a good relationship with them. Whenever they look forward to see me. It's good when you are working with someone and the person will be looking forward to see you all the time. That is the joy of doing this job. That is the joy that you know that when you go there, you are very welcomed and what you are doing even though you are afraid to do it, they appreciate it, the job you are doing for them. So that is what's my memorable moment.