Hi, my name is Malaysia. I reside in Oakland, CA and I have been a caregiver for about five years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I took care of my grandmother for a long time and I was able to develop a lot of thought into helping others and skills to help elders. I'm very respectful and very reliable.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to have patience. You have to be very patient with the elders because they do not move as fast as we do. They can't do things as fast as, you know, someone that's not in a wheelchair or someone that can walk at a fast pace and things of that sort. So, yes, I would tell future caregivers and new caregivers to have patience and try to work with the patients.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Loreta. She was very kind to me. I was very helpful to her. A lot of times she would tell me that I do things that she doesn't really have to ask me to do. And she's memorable because she taught me a lot. She taught me how to cook certain things that I didn't know how to cook as far as, you know, gravy and things of that sort. So, yes, I would say she was very memorable because she showed me a lot of respect, which I showed her respect back and we had a really good relationship. She taught me a lot of things and I tried to be there for her a lot as far as me working for her.