Hi. My name is Ele. I live in Palo Alto, CA and I have 20 years of experience as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I'd become a caregiver because I was caring for my grandparents and some family members. When I came down to the states, I had a job - my first job - where I was a caregiver. I found out all those years that I have interested in medical field, and I have what it requires - love, patience, and care for elderly. So I used my gift. I know that's a gift that I have that I can give to elderlies, or some people that they're in need. So I have what it takes to care for elderly.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is make sure you have what it takes to take care an elderly person, and always think of them that they are your own family - your parents or grandparents - and they need you. You're there to help them. Give them some kind of normalcy, and they can do things independently. And the most thing that they need is someone to have patience and care with love. And when you do your best helping them, you will feel so happy. You feel comfortable that you're doing what you're supposed to do.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I would never forget is Mrs. Walter. She was a client in Carmel Valley, California. With her personality that she would like things to be constant with a routine, and every routine that I organized for her, she always have a heart to keep it that way. If someone new coming up to the family, or the family, or someone else that I bring to watch her, she would keep that routine. And she always talked about me - what I do. She would tell people that I am her daughter, and everything I do for her, she would-- in her mind, she thinks that I am her daughter. And everything she keeps, but we deal with her, it's all about a mother and a daughter relationship.