Hi, my name is Muniratu. I live in San Diego, CA and I have 3 years of experience as a caregiver.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I love to help people to be someone outside or inside. Someone that I know or not. I just love to give care to kids and adults. So that's what motivated me in the first place to be a caregiver. I've given care out to families, friends and that makes me feel appreciated and makes me feel fulfilled and I get fulfilled when I give care. So that's what made me go into it as a caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, first of all, your appearance matters a lot. When we take the class, when we go for clinical during our time of training, they let us know that the appearance is number one. Whereby always being the appropriate attire. Secondly, I would say you need a lot of patience because you might meet someone with dementia or Alzheimer's or someone with depression and they're not as easy as it seems. So you should have a lot of patience to work along with them and be respectful to what they think or their views no matter how you feel or what you think is right. Thirdly, I would say follow the rules of the job. Let there be communication between you and your supervisor. If something is there you do not understand, ask. Never be scared to ask.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I would never forget is Mr. Schmidt. Actually, there are two but I kind of feel like he has a place in my heart. I don't see him as a client but I see him as someone I could call a dad. He's respectful. I mean he's been through a lot of stuff. He's been through a stroke. He's been through diabetes, respiratory diseases and he's still strong. He is someone who says it as it is and I've been working for him for quite awhile now and it's like I kind of appreciate him for being strong and being who he is. He is outgoing. He is a leader. He is such a strong person. It just warms my heart when I give him care.