Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
I am Maribes and my family and friends call me Bess. I live in San Mateo, California, and I've been doing caregiving services to clients for seven straight years. I became a caregiver because I want to extend my services to other people that I did not have a chance to give to my own mother.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
In particular, I don't have any favorite clients because every client I work with are my favorites. For instance, as they are about to die or they are about to give up hope, life, so I give words of encouragement to lift their spirits, that life is precious, that it's great to have a good life. Even though you are old, you still have a good life.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
Every individual have their own needs. They have their own personalities. So it is the caregiver who will adjust to their personalities. They are your client so you have to give them fulfillment. You have to attend to their needs. You have to understand that they are old, and sometimes, they are like children who have some moods, so you have to be flexible and be understanding, patient, compassionate. Most of all, it's like you treat them as your own family. You have to give them respect and let them live with dignity.
Most of my clients will always tell me, "Oh, you are a great caregiver. You are excellent caregiver." But it humbles me. I really appreciate my clients when they tell me that I'm a great caregiver, because I'm doing my best. I want them to have a really caring people who they will feel, "Oh, this is my daughter taking care of me."