Can you tell us about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Grace. I live in San Jose, California, and I've been working as a caregiver for five years. Nine years ago I became a medical assistant and I've been working with various multi-specialty practices. At the same time, I've been working as a caregiver all these years because I love helping elderly people.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
One of my clients that I worked with was my first part-time job as a caregiver and she was really nice. She has osteoporosis and Alzheimer's. I worked for her for almost a year. I gave her everything that she needed, took care of her, and made her comfortable due to her sickness.
What advice would you give a new caregiver?
What I've learned is that to work with Alzheimer's patients you've got to be more patient on a daily basis. They may get aggravated when they misunderstand or if they're having a bad day. You just have to be there, be patient, and be understanding. Do something to make them feel better.
What makes you proud to be a caregiver?
People tell me that I'm a good caregiver because whenever a patient has problems, I'm always there to turn their negativity into something positive. I always cheer them up.