Hi, my name is Honorine. I live in Hayward, CA and I've been a caregiver for 4 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my grandma was seriously sick. She had an ear problem. She was kind of deaf, and when she was speaking, people couldn't understand her. I felt like she wasn't well-treated. You have to pay a lot of attention to her before you can hear what she's saying. So that made me feel bad how people treat elderly people and made me want to become a caregiver because I was very attentive, very close to her, listened to her needs, and take care of her. Then I was ready to share that with other older people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to first of all, you must love being a caregiver, and you must be very, very attentive; have love for whoever you're going to take care of; and listen carefully to their needs; and make sure you treat them as nice as possible. They need some love, and for that reason, you are there to dedicate all your love for them. Provide them with whatever they need so that they should be happy.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I would never forget is one of my best friends. She was such a wonderful girl. She fought for her life, and she made you to understand how important every hour, every minute, every second of life. She made me realize that life is just vanity. Just live when you are alive because you never know what'll happen, and you never know when life will end. So wherever you are, whatever you do, make sure you are happy.