Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi my name is Kotini, and I live in Walnut Creek. I've been a caregiver since 2007. I became a caregiver because I used to work as a nurse back in Tonga. I was a student-nurse there for three years, and then I worked as a nurse for two more years. When I came here to America, I started working as a caregiver because it was related to my background.
Who is the first client that comes to your mind?
Of all the people that I've cared for, the first person that comes to mind is Evelyn. She is 100 years old. She is very caring, sweet, softly spoken, and special to me because I got to know her. She has a lot of knowledge and she shares it with me. What I learned most from Evelyn is to be happy, loving, caring, and compassionate. She used to tell me a lot of stories, and she mentioned one day that she traveled to my country. I was so happy, and she was so happy.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
Work from your heart. Be compassionate and caring. Be kind to the elderly people. At the end of the day, look at them and have compassion in your heart for them because one day you will become an elderly person. Whatever you do to them, it will come back to you. This way you will develop a love and kindness for the elderlies you're taking care of.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
My proudest moment was when I saw a client that I worked for look so happy. I made her feel like she's cared for and loved, and so she became happy. That is what I am proud of. I felt like I accomplished my mission to make a client feel special and loved.