How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I want to do it, and I like it, and I enjoy it. This is just one way of serving God is to take care of the old people as well.
Why did you become a caregiver?
I started as caregiver while I'm caring for my aunt for a couple of years. She is really nice, but she's forgetful. It's like if you say something to her and all of a sudden, after a couple of minutes and she forgot. But this is your job. You're just going to ride on.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I never forget when I was working in Hillsborough, she has Parkinson's Disease. She's a little bit forgetful, but she's fine. I enjoy working with him. Sometimes we watch the opera here in San Francisco. We travel a lot. The family really like me so much.
What is an important quality a caregiver should have?
Being a good caregiver, you have to be patient with all the clients because it's not them. They have a disease. So you have to be nice to them, not to harm them, or not to shout them but just you have to-- like example, if they have Alzheimer and they don't know what they are doing, that's why you're there to care for them. So you have to be patient at anytime. And for caring for these alert people - of course they are alert - but of course you have to be nice to them also even though they're alert because they are nice people. It depends how you approach them. Sometimes some caregivers are mean too. So that's why it depends how you them approach. So you just be have to be nice to them and keep an eye with them and be sure that they have enough care. That's all.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
I'm proud to be a caregiver because I know how to handle the situation that you have to be patient to them, especially for those people who are not alert anymore.