Hi. My name is Dolma and I live in Pinole. I've been caregiving for 12 years now.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was managing social worker for the elderly abuse center and the elderly shelter home back in my country. We didn't have the nursing home there, but I used to love to work with the elderly people. I used to volunteer, taking care of them and working with them on crafts. It was a lot of fun. So I just love to help people, and I just love the kind companionship.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be have a good sense of humor, good observation, good communication of skills, making the environment like a family set, and respect one's needs. Most of our clients need their own independence so keeping their dignity, respecting them, their needs, not putting ourselves first. So our client is the first priority. So I think the good sense of humor, good knowledge of the elder care environment, making everything as right is very important to have, as well as the good companionship with a good, kind heart. We need to be humble in the work. It is very important to work with the elder care because they lose their independence, their dignity, their respect when someone's coming in their house and taking care of them. So keeping that right place. Being a good friend with a client is very important.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
I will never forget my client I work with, Bobby. He was a dementia client. I was living with him. When I started with him, he was little getting dementia. I saw phases getting worse. He died after two years of my work.