Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi, my name's Sione. I have been a caregiver for about 15 years, and I live in East Palo Alto. I have been inspired to become a caregiver through my mother's father. He was in the hospital for quite awhile, and my mother was the only one who would be able to take care of him. She had an older sister that wasn't able to attend so us children, especially me, had to help my mother, and with all that experience hand on with my grandfather, it inspired me to do this kind of job.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
Every client that I had, are all the same, but I think I can recall one client that I was able to connect with him and the family right on the spot. Relationships between myself and my client and his wife were so special. There were a lot of help from my clients to me. After three years, my client passed on. He was able to live the life that he had loved to the extreme and with the help that I had given him, made a good day for the wife every day after that.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
The advice that I would give a new caregiver is to go into the job prepared. If you go in prepared, you would know what to do and at the same time, make yourself comfortable around the house and get acquainted with the family.
What are your strengths as a caregiver?
I think what makes me a good caregiver is that with the experiences that I have in doing this job, have accumulated a lot of knowledge practically with the way to do it. That being said, I believe that when you have that experience, you will be able to feel comfortable when you go into a job
I am so proud to be a caregiver because so many lives that I have worked for in the past years, there has been some improvements not only in the client himself, but also the family. When I did my job well, not only it benefits the client, but it has also touched the family, and also, the family had become happier in dealing with their loved ones so when the family are happy, I was happy, too, if I was able to make a difference in their lives.