Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi, my name is Juanita. I live in San Francisco, California. I've been a caregiver for about 30 years. What inspired me to become a caregiver was my mom's suffering and passing away from cancer. I was with her during hospice and I feel like it's my purpose to help people. I find it rewarding.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Out of all the people that I've cared for, I had a client that I cared for that had diabetes and she was on the restricted food diet. Going to work and seeing her was the highlight of my day, she would be very enthusiastic and loved to help me prepare meals. It was fun.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
If I could give some advice to a new caregiver, I would say love what you do and do what you love. Be patient and considerate of them.
One of my proudest moments as a caregiver was working with this client I had. When I first started working with him, the other caregivers that worked with him prior to me told me, "No," was a really bad word to say to him because he would react. I was cooking and I was at the stove. He was trying to get closer to the stove and I had to tell him, "No, it's hot. You need to move." When I told him, it slipped out. It wasn't like I was trying to say no purposely, but it came out. He started to react and I had to slow down and I talked to him. I said, "No, you need to go sit down. It's going to be all right. No doesn't mean never, it just means not right now." He sat on the couch and it was all good. We had a better relationship than I though we were going to have because I had perceived conception that it was going to be hard. We just connected. We bonded and he was so much more easy to get along with. It changed the dynamics.