Hi, my name is Jonah Mae Manzur. I have been a caregiver for seven years. I live in Morgan Hill.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because it inspired me when my father started working in 2000, and he showed me the type of work he was doing. And I believe I have a passion for it. It also inspired me to exceed more of my education, and now I am a graduated nursing student.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to the caregiver is: love your work, have the passion, be responsible, and then everything follows.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
One client I can never forget is my patient Shae Olivia, especially when she said the words "I can't", and when she said "hi." Well, I was working with her for the past five years of her being in a particular traumatic brain injury. She never talked. One day, I ask her, and I said, "Can you do this?" She said, "I can't." Everybody heard it, even her parents. And another time is when I said, "Hi. Say hi. Say hi to Auntie Jonah," because she called me auntie. I let her call me auntie every time I go there so she would remember my name, so she said, "Hi."