Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi, my name is Kathi. I live in Oakland. I've been a caregiver for six plus years.
Who inspired you to be a caregiver?
The person that inspired me to be a caregiver would be Pat. She was a wonderful, wonderful woman. Very sweet, very kind, and I started from the beginning of her dementia to the end of her dementia, and she was just a lovely, lovely woman. She taught me a lot, and that's what got me into it. A client that I'll never forget is Franny. She's 89, very frail. She uses a walker. And I would go over and take her to appointments, doctor's appointments, hair appointments, very important. We'd do shopping, I'd do a little house cleaning for her. We had a routine. Little cooking and bathing, and then I'd just sit around and talk. She had great experiences in her life. What I admire most about Franny is her joy of life. Always happy, always smiling, always laughing, always making me laugh. Just a good feeling that she gave you and still does.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What makes you a great caregiver and what is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
One piece of advice for a caregiver would be always be positive, never be negative, and always go in with a smile on your face.
What I think makes me a great caregiver. I've been in the restaurant business for over 40 years, so I've always been caring for people. Comes naturally to me. I enjoy it. I like people. I like being around people. My proudest moment as a caregiver was going the whole nine yards, being there from the very beginning, and hanging on until the very end. Made me proud and made my friend happy.