Hi, my name is Elmer. I live in Santa Fe Springs, CA and I have been a caregiver for 12 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I needed extra money the first time, and I started working part-time, and then I felt that it's very rewarding, helping to see people who are seniors and those definitely in need of help will get the needed help.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, you have to be really patient and have an open mind to learn all the things that is necessary in order for you to do your job well. You have to be a person who loves helping other people.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The clients I will never forget are John and Shirley, husband and wife. My actual client is John, but his wife Shirley, and I both took care of him. The reason why I can't forget them is as my first clients, they treated me like their son or as a family member. I feel that it's the very reason why I went on doing this kind of job as a caregiver.