Hi, my name is Mohamed. I live right now in Moreno Valley, CA with my family, and I have more than five years experience in caregiving.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I used to do the same job back home like four years ago, with the refugee people, women and kids. We would give them food and all this stuff. I like this job, helping people. So, when I came here, I applied as a caregiver in Iowa because I lived in Iowa City. And I did that for a year, so that gave me more experience. I love to work with people with special needs, because they give me hope, they give me love. When you're helping people, it feels like you're helping yourself as well.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to help people like they are family members, treat them like your family, your own family. When you help people, is like your helping yourself. When you give people hope, or give them food or whatever, for their daily living, is like you're helping yourself.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Vetesh, we call him Vet. I had worked with him for eight hours a day, six days a week, for almost seven months. He was completely immobile. I had to feed him, bathe him. I had to put him in his wheelchair. I helped him use his computer and mouse. When I was working with Vet, he showed me how to love life. He was so kind. I miss him so much.