Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi, my name is Darina. I live in San Francisco long time in the downtown, and I've been caregiver 13 years. I became a caregiver because of my friend who was a caregiver in Germany and I esteemed that very much what he was doing.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
First person who come to my mind as a client was David who was having Alzheimer's disease, and he was very, very funny in a way. We have lots of good times. I always bring him chocolate, which was not very well care about his family, but it was very nice.
Tell us about your most challenging client.
One of my quite challenging client was a person who was having also Alzheimer's disease, and in beginning it was very difficult, but we developed some kind of good founded boundary, and it was really long-lasting.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
Advice to give to the caregiver would be they have to develop big amount of compassion, and they have to always remember they work for the client. Client is not a friend. Even the client have tendencies to give you gifts and this and that. You are having a distance, a certain distance, which you should keep.
My proudest moment as a caregiver was once when I sent to one lady which was very depressed, and so I was just joking around and talk and talk. The third day, she look at me and she said, "Doreena, you are full of dickens," which sort of agreed that I'm a little rascal, and we started to have a very nice relationship.