Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Lute, and I live in East Palo Alto, and I've been a caregiver for five years. I became a caregiver because I always wanted to become a nurse and caring for others, especially the elderlys, is my passion. And that was started from a friend of my dad that came into the family and then I got hired with him, and that's when it started. Caregiving is my passion.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
One of the many clients I had good relationship with them, this client always remains in my heart because I spent two year and a half with her. She was amazing. During her tough situations, we managed. I helped her and we always tried to make something to laugh at, despite all the hardships in life.
What are your strengths as a caregiver?
People tell me that I'm a good caregiver because I'm always a happy person and I think they always mention the happy personality I have and other than that, I'm kind and loving. But the only thing that I know that they usually say, I'm a happy person and it's make them happy. I've learned from working with people with Alzheimer's or dementia, I learned to be patient with them and I learned how to redirect them. Sometimes they get very agitated. I redirect that with a story, "Hey, let's watch the Family Feud." Or sometimes, I'm going to share this story. This client said, "Why you here? You're not supposed to be here. Who are you?" And, "Get out of my house, right now." So, what I do is I just walk to the other room and then for five minutes, I come back, "Hi." Right now, just say hi, and try to redirect her and she's not remembering it at all. I'm a new person or she doesn't remember me. So what I learned is try to be patient with them. Respect them - the situation that they have - and despite all that, I love them.