Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you've been a caregiver?
I'm Helen. I live in south San Francisco and I've been a caregiver for 15 years.
What did you learn from your first client as a caregiver?
My first client was an Alzheimer's patient. Sometimes it was hard to get along with them, but you had to be patient to calm them down. It is hard but you have to engage them. When other caregivers are working with a hard client, they send me over because I have a good heart so it is easy for me to get along with them.
What was one of your most challenging experiences as a caregiver?
I was filling in for another caregiver and ended up saving the client's life. I knew she had a mild stroke so they told me to call 911. I went with her to the hospital and I stayed with her until 10 o’clock that night.