Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Charla. I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. I live in Antioch. I became a caregiver in 2008. I started caring for people after my grandmother passed away in 2006.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Out of all the people that I care for, the first person that comes to my mind is my mother because I was young when she passed away and I was trying to do my best by helping her. You know, just making sure that she get what she need because she was sick. Sorry for the crying, but that's just an emotional topic right there, for me - my mother - because I miss her a lot and if she was even to make it, I know I would have been helping her until it was her time to go. So, that's how I know it's a calling because I did it at a young age. I helped my mother when my aunties and them did not want to because they thought that they can catch what she had. So, that's how I know it's a calling and that's why I was there for my grandmother in 2006 and that's why I'm here now.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
So, if I could give one piece of advice to a caregiver - a beginner caregiver - I would tell her or him, "Take your time, listen, don't just react, you are there to help them, God gave you this and this is what you're going to perform to do, you gotta be open, you gotta have a good personality, you're going to have some bad days and you're going to have some good days."