Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Cliffina. I live in San Leandro and I have been a caregiver for 20 years.
What inspired you to become a caregiver?
What personally inspired me to be a caregiver was my husband, who was diagnosed with MS in the early nineties. I've seen a lot of changes in him, so what I did was I took him to a specialist, and he was diagnosed that, and we both educated ourself in that situation, and I've been caring for him ever since. It was a hard task, but I have to say with prayer, we both got through this, and right now, today, he don't get any flareups, he doesn't even look like he has MS, and he's doing fine. He does job work. He does things around the house, so I keep him very mobile, and that's the key, and a lot of love and compassion.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Of all the people that I have taken care of, the one person that stands out is my friend Angie. She goes to my church. She's legally blind, she has multiple things wrong with her, but she was overmedicating herself. That was a hard task then, because I didn't know what medication she was taking. So, then, I sat down and talked with her, and her doctor, and I start adminitering her medicine myself. She's doing very well right now. She has her own place right now, so she's a prayer warrior, and I'm proud of her and what she became. What I learned most caring for my husband and Angie is that you have to be patient with them, and you have to have compassion with them, and with you do that, they easily can accept what's going on with them, and also they will start listen to what you suggest to them what they should do. So that was the biggest task in my carrier as far as caregivers concerned, but the main thing you should always do is be patient with them
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
If I can give one advice to a new caregiver, I would tell that person to get to know the person that you're caring for, and then you can see how she live daily, or what he or she do daily, and then you'll prety much get into the mode, along with that caregiver. She and he, they can be difficult at times, but just be patient, becaue they will settle down sooner or later.
. My proudest moment as a caregiver when I've seen Angie left her daughters house, and branched out on her own. She have her own apartment. She has everything set up to where she can cook for herself, do things for herself, clean, and she's independent. So that's a proud moment right there, when you can see somebody grow from being so down from their sickness that she's so up right now that she doesn't even really need a caregiver, but she needs somebody to check on her. That's a proud moment right there.