Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Niila. I'm 29. I stay in Fairfield, California. I actually started out working at McDonald's. A friend of mine, her mother was working at a group home dealing with kids with Autism. I thought that would be a great job for me. So, I went on and applied. Got the job. I was there for about two and a half years, working with kids with Autism.
What do you enjoy most about being a caregiver?
Very challenging, but exciting to actually see them smile. You are able to love on them and cook for them with love. Being able to go home at the end of the day and be like, "I did that. I made sure they smile. I made sure they were happy. I made sure that they're [well-roomed?] at the end of the day."
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
My favorite client would have to be this last client that I had. He passed away about a year ago. His family would think I was his wife, because they couldn't really get him to do the things he needed to do as far as taking a shower, or taking his medicine, or just being there to love on him.
What have your learned being a caregiver?
What I've learned about being a caregiver is patience, loving, caring, integrity, and compassion. I take that with me every day. Patience on the road.