Hi. My name is Josephine Medueno. I live in San Jose, California. I've been a caregiver for nine years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver in the year 2009. My grandmother got sick, and she needed my help. And from there, I took care of her and I decided I needed to get a job, so I applied as a caregiver at different facilities and I've picked up from there. And ever since, I've worked at the facility. I was there for five years, and I loved it. I love taking care of elderly people. I cared for a loved one, and that's what I would want to do for the rest of the time that I can do it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a caregiver would be to monitor an elderly person really well. And if they need help with any transferring from bed to wheelchair, to let any caregiver on the floor know for any assistance, just for the good of their own, and if there's any help they need with anything.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Glenda. She was one of my favorites. As she was diagnosed with dementia, she was in the garden health unit. Every time I would walk in there, she would say my name because she knew I was already getting ready to assist her to get up for breakfast. And some of the other staff would tell me when I wasn't there, on my days off, she would be asking for me. She had a really good sense of humor - a really funny side to her. She was just really one of the best persons and I really miss her a lot.