Hi, my name is Moses. I live in San Diego, CA and I've been a caregiver for 3 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of my mom. My mom's first job in the United States was a caregiver. All of her sisters, they're all nurses. They started off as caregivers as well, and they've been encouraging to me to do that kind of work. I personally enjoy it. I like bonding with the men and women that I've been able to work with. I like listening to their experiences and the type of lives that they've lived, and their backgrounds. It's very interesting to me. I enjoy the companionship with every person that I've ever lived with.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, to listen and be patient. A lot of times when you listen to someone talk or you just watch them, their body can express what they're feeling. You can see when someone is down or someone doesn't feel like they want to talk. And when someone wants to talk it's important to listen because they're expressing themselves to you, and they're sharing their inner thoughts with you. If you work with someone long enough, or if you get someone to feel comfortable with you, they're giving themselves to you.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Sam. I worked with Sam for two years. A word I'll use to describe Sam is resilient. The man never quits. In every aspect, in every obstacle in his life, he could always look for how to deal with whatever issue, whatever problem there was. Whether it was his family or himself, he'd always think of the best thing. "How can I help my family? How can I progress from this? How can I help myself?"