Hi my name is Cindy. I live in Aliso Viejo, CA. I've been a caregiver for six years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver when I started giving care to my grandfather way back home in the Philippines and that's how it started. I took care of him for eight years and then I went to nursing school while, at the same time, taking care of him. That's what inspired me to go to school and have the knowledge on how to take care of specialty geriatric. When I came here, 2011, I started working as a caregiver because I think it's my calling. I love to take care of people and, for me, taking care of a client, I consider him or her as my family. It seems like I'm not working. But it's like, I feel good when I help people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is, you have to practice professionalism in taking care of a client and you have to respect them and then know what care do they need, like specialty activities of daily living and that correlates to their case or diagnosis or the care that they need. You have to be compassionate and patient and flexible. I think that would make you a good one.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I will never forget is Carla. I took care of her 2011 until 2015 because she was diagnosed with dementia. She's a sweet lady, but the thing is, her dementia gets worse and complicates to Alzheimer's. So the independent living, the facility that she lived recommended her to memory care. So I would never forget her because she doesn't have a family. I consider her as a special lady because the only one that takes care of her is us caregivers and her boyfriend. I would always think of her especially when it's Christmas year or Thanksgiving, because she's so sweet and a very loving lady.