Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Kava, and I live in San Jose. I've worked as a caregiver for about 6 years. I decided to become a caregiver because in my country I worked as an elementary school teacher and also with special Ed students for many years. My wife worked for elderly people and I began working this way as well.
Who is the first client that comes to your mind?
One of the client that I worked with was very physically fit. He was a soldier before, but he had Alzheimer's. No caregiver wanted to go there because he was so fit and he could fight with you; he knew how to fight. He was my first client. When I worked with him, I learned a lot from him. Early in the morning he would go for a run, and I would follow him running. Most of the caregivers didn't know the trick with him, but I followed him and he loved me.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
The most important thing for a caregiver is to be patient. Secondly is to be understanding of the client. Thirdly is to know the skills and how to handle the client.