Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi. My name is Diana. I live in Hayward, California. I've been working as a caregiver for five years. I graduated medical assistant 2012, and I'm also a med tech for two years. What inspired me to be a caregiver is my grandma. I was six years old when I came here in California. She died when I was 14, so I had to leave California to go to the Philippines and take care of my grandma for two years.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client that I would never forget is Ruth. She was very kind and sweet. She was little. And she reminded me so much of my grandma. Every time I would do something that she doesn't like, she would smack my hand and say, "No. Don't do that." And then after that, we would go outside and walk. The care that she needed was just-- basically it's more like a companionship. She could do pretty much everything on her own, just need a little guidance from me. And that's pretty much it. And she was so sweet. She reminded me so much of my grandma.
Tell us about your most challenging client.
My most challenging resident was-- she had Alzheimer's and dementia. She was probably 60 years old. She was very rough. She would be sweet one moment and the next thing you know, she would just go kind of crazy. But I did last two years with her, and I'm pretty much sure I could last pretty much with anyone. But she was sweet, but then again, very agressive at the same time.
What are your strengths as a caregiver?
What I think what makes me a good caregiver is because I'm funny, I'm sweet, and I do a lot for my residents, which I know sometimes people think that I shouldn't do. But that's just me because my passion is-- when I help people, it makes me feel good.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
One piece for advice for a new caregiver would be, you got to be very understanding to your residents and have a lot of patience.
The moments that makes me more proud as a caregiver is when one of my residents started walking after having a hip surgery, and another one is putting a big smile on their face.