Hi, my name is Nela. I live in Miami, FL. I've been a caregiver for nine years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because my dad was sick. Then I learn, I went to school to become a caregiver. I think I can give him the care that he deserve. And then after that, I feel that it's very nice to help other people with a need, and then since then I become a caregiver. I love it so very much.
What advice would you give to a new caregiver?
My advice for the caregivers is to love others the same way you will love your loved one to be treated with respect, with dignity, with kindness, with respect, and the reason they put them somewhere that's because they need help. If you dare to help them, help them with all your love, with all your respect, and then to show them your support, your love, your kindness, and then what you're doing, you're doing it because you love it, because you feel comfortable. Make them feel safe and comfortable.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
I'm used to taking care of Mr. John for five years. He's a very nice guy. He was very fragile. He got amputated leg, so he was very demanding. I just great he was a very nice person. And I've been watching him for five years from home, and then they sent him to the nursing home, I still want to take care of him. So now I have to move from there to Florida. I feel so bad then he make me feel bad because he said, "You are a very nice person. You taking care-- good care of me. And I didn't want to go to the nursing home. I don't have wound. I don't have any bruises on me. I don't have any problem. Now you come, you help me as much as you can. Now you're going to leave me. Maybe the person they're going to give me is not going to treat me the same way you treat me. So I'm going to miss you." I said, "I'm going to miss you too, but unfortunately, I have to go." So he is a very nice person, Mr. John. Very nice man.