Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi. My name is Nisa. I live in Hayward, California and I've been a caregiver for the last 15 years. What inspired me to become a caregiver was working at a psych center as a dietary and a cook. After the dinner when patients used to come to door and thanked me for a good meal that was the biggest inspiration in my life to become one.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
There are a lot of clients that I would never forget but one that I really will go to my grave with her name and thinking of her all the time. The first time I met her she really didn't want a caregiver around and she really told me to get lost and chased me out the back door and I had to run to the street. But the next day I tried again and tried again and won her confidence. Until she passed away we've been best of friends.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
A piece of advice to a new caregiver is if when you start with a client make them a part of your life. Make them feel that they are a family to you instead of just a patient. I make my client my family. They feel like they are part of me. When I'm not there, they miss me, they call me. Day in and day and night. So, to be a caregiver you have to show your client that you are there for them.
My proudest moment as a caregiver is when I give a client a shower who didn't want a shower or made a very good tasty meal and they look up and they say, "This was good for me." And they're happy and they smile.