Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi, my name is Marlene. I live in the beautiful city of San Fransico. I work as a caregiver companion around four to five years. I became a caregiver because, maybe, of my compassion for the people - not only my family, my relatives, my children but mostly the people who are sick, who really need care, love, attention, and this unending love.
What makes you a great caregiver?
What do I think that makes me a great caregiver? My love and compassion, especially to those people who are in need of love and care compassion because I love my parents. I love my dad, my mom, my husband. I'm doing the same thing to those people that I want to care about, even I don't know them.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
The advice that I could give to a new caregiver is to love their job, to love what they're doing, and to give their best with love, with compassion, with concern - not because they work there, because it's time for them to work, or they want to earn money but to give all the love or the care that they could give. It's in everyone, especially your client.
My proudest moment as a caregiver is when I see that my client is fulfilled, is happy with me. I think the majority of my clients said I'm honest, and then they even tell that to my daughters that you have a great mom. Your mom is so honest. Because I think this about-- some client, they will test you. I don't know if that's a test, but I'm always being honest and caring. I want, also, my children to be proud of me. Even, some people think, "This is a lot of loveless job," but it's not because it depends on what you put in. Giving love, and compassion, and care. I think that is my best advice and be proud and be happy for the people you serve. You give your best.