Hi, my name is Akram. I live in San Francisco, CA and I have 1 year of experience in caregiving.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I naturally have caregiving heart, a loving heart, a heart that cares about people that have disabilities or mental illnesses, or people that are unable to care for themselves.
I used to work as a caregiver first in Africa. Not at a professional level, but as just work. Because there are so many elderly and people can't do some things back in Africa. So when I moved to San Francisco, I came with my heart with me to care loving heart. So I do caregiving because I naturally have the heart that loves to care about people that have illnesses, that are sick, that can't help themselves. Caregiving is a part of my life. It's what I am made of. I just love to help out people and care about them. And I'm glad that I've got to get to a professional level of caregiving.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to take things with patience and love. Do work with love and patience and kindness. It's not about just the money or the pay, it's about you connecting with the client you're working with and find a connection with them. They might not be in their normal state of mind anytime. But for as long as you do what you're doing with love and kindness and you're not just focused on the money that you're going to be paid after, then you're going to have a long journey in caregiving. So my advice is, just do whatever you're doing with love and kindness.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Jeff. He was a good client. The reason why I will never forget him is because he used to tell me stories. And I was on the job, but it felt like I had a friend with the person I was working for. I made a friend out of him, and he was just-- he had problems with movement, like, couldn't move. And so I was working just to help him go to the toilet or get groceries or drive him outside to experience what happens outside, just the fresh air. So all those times I would have great conversations with him, very great stories. He would tell me about his daughter, and I loved that because I'm single and I don't have kids now. And I just loved it because he was portraying an image of a good father that had this loving daughter who unfortunately died. And he has a lot of grief in his heart. He was feeling so bad about the fact that the only daughter he had died. And I kind of relate to his story because I want to be a father in the future. So I just related to his story and got so passionate about it and I don't think I will never forget him. Because whatever message his story was bringing into my head, I don't think I will ever forget him.