Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name's Katrina. I'm currently living in Fremont, California and I've been in this field for ten years now. I became a caregiver because my mother was terminally ill and I had to help take care of her. It made me realize that this was something I enjoyed doing.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The first person that comes to my mind out of all the years I've done caregiving is Ruby. She was very intelligent. She was a college professor and she was a very special woman. What I learned during my time working with Ruby, was how to take life as it is. Throughout all the health issues she was going through she still kept a smile on her face and she always took it like a champ.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
If I could give one piece of advice to a new caregiver, that would be to make sure that you're passionate about your work. It is sometimes challenging, but there's beauty behind it as well. If you're not passionate about it, then you won't succeed at the job that you're trained to do.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
My proudest moment working as a caregiver was with one of my clients who had no family at all. She expressed to me how much I made her feel like she was loved and that I was like a daughter to her. And that was one of my proudest moments--making someone feel not so alone.