Hi! My name is Diana. I live in Torrance, CA, and I've been a caregiver for nine years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because, I was taking care of my mom back in the Philippines, before I came here in the United States. And, when I came here in the US, I started taking care of the old people, which I am enjoying. I worked in a Board and Care facility for two years, and I work with the agency, from I think 2007, up to now.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is, to be more patient with the person you're taking care of, especially when they have dementia and Alzheimer's, because having Alzheimer's and dementia, sometimes, or most of the time, they don't know what they're doing. That's why we are here. So, we need to be patient, be polite, be respectful. And, always be there for them. Comfort them, and give all the things, all the help that you can give to them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget, his name is Vladimir. I think, I worked with him for almost two years. And my last client, Peggy, I worked with her for two years. We enjoyed a lot. We go out, we do exercise, cooking, having lunch together, having a conversation. A lot of things.