Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Gloria. I live in Palo Alto, and I've been a caregiver for five years. I became a caregiver when my grandmother had cancer. We didn't have no money to hire an agency to help her out, so we all decided to help her out until she got well. But, unfortunately, she passed away a couple months later. And I discovered that I can do this for other people, and I really enjoy it. In my career as a caregiver, I learn many different kinds of people who have different kinds of diseases, like Parkinson's, dementia. I learned how to transfer people with a Hoyer lifter. I've done patients with hospice.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
One of my favorite clients, she was in San Mateo. Unfortunately, I'm not working with her anymore. But we used to get along really good. We would go to the mall, church, go out for lunch or dinner. And I really miss her. When working with people with dementia, they get very confused. And we have to tell them, "This is your home," because they get confused. They say, "This is not my home," or, "The ceiling is falling apart." And we have to talk to them to relax them and tell them, "This is your home. You're okay. We're here to help you. And we'll be here next to you, so everything will be fine."
What are your strengths as a caregiver?
People tell me I'm a very good caregiver because I'm always on time. I never call in late. I'm very responsible. I don't get no vacations. And they like me because I get along with them really good.