Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Menelehewa, but you call me Minna. I live in San Jose. I been caregiver since 2011. I became a caregiver after taking my CNA course
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
They put me, one facility, the most difficult person to that facility. It was one-on-one, so I start thinking so to give him good care, and then that would-- he was very bad condition so when I give care, he was calm and-- I love it. Since then, I thought it, seriously, the most critical people I love to care. In my caregiving, mostly was dementia people, which they want to go out. They want to [drive?], so I try to calm them down. I walk with them and then get them back to their way of before. When I see that they're calmed down, it gives me really satisfaction, so there. When I work with dementia people, I learn something which calmed them down, so I do what they ask me to do. But in just the meantime, I just distract them, and change the subject, and turn them around, and then we do something else, and then they calm down.
What are your strengths as a caregiver?
People tell me I am a good caregiver that-- for example, my last client, I have somebody was total care, so the wife always told me, "Hey, Minna, when you are here I know I can sleep." Yeah, a good caregiver is not only to get paid. Especially for me, I love to take the critical people because it gives me satisfaction when I help them and when they're satisfied. I just put myself there, and it's nice. You satisfy them then because you have to have, for that person, sense of humor that's really good.