Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Edwin and I live in Hayward, California. I started caring for my family. My grandmother got sick and I took care of her. Then when I moved to the United States, I start taking care of my uncle who was paralyzed and bedridden. I have been a caregiver for almost eight years.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The longest that I have worked with one client was with Mr. Maggi for two years. He was a dementia patient, also with some skin sores. In the first six months, he was very active and outgoing. What I admired about Mr. Maggi was that he was very energetic. He didn't give up until the last day. He would be the person with a smiling face. The most important thing that I remember is that the last week I worked with him he told me, before I left, "Leave the window open. Let me go free. Don't capture me inside this room."
What do you enjoy most about caregiving?
There are a lot of things that motivate you when you're working with elderly people. They have funny stories that they have captured in their minds. From their grandkids visiting them, or from their kids,or whatever they have done in their life.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
A moment that made me proud to be a caregiver was when I was working with Mr. Gross. His doctor told him that it will take
him three months to recover. He had fallen off his bike and he had a hip replacement on the right side. But we proved the doctor wrong and it only took him two months to recover.