Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Marisol Garcia and I live in San Rafael, California, and I have been a caregiver for 3 years. I became a caregiver because I like the job. I like to help care for the elderly.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
The first person that I started a caring for was my mother-in-law. She had cancer and it was my experience in taking care of her that made me want to get into this field as a profession and take care of others.
My proudest moment was for my client who has dementia -- she can not drive anymore, but she does not remember that she should not be driving. I can not say, "Oh, you can not drive anymore, Maryanna, because you're not supposed to drive." So, I serve her lunch in to-go containers and then I say, "Okay. You start to eat and then I can drive you to the appointment. And when we come back, you can drive back." And then she just say, "Okay. I'm going to win." And then when we come back, she forgets that she has to drive. So, I continue to drive and then we come home, and she's happy.