Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi, I'm Ofelia, I live at San Jose. I've been a caregiver for ten years. I became a caregiver because I took care of my grandmother and that's where I find my passion in serving people.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Of all the people that I cared for, there is this one veteran guy that's really close to my heart that I took care of him for five years. Every time I remember him, like all the advice that he gave to me. Every time also that I wheeled him all the way to certain hospital, with his World War cap, all the people that surrounds us really saluting him. I'm just very, very proud of him.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What makes you a great caregiver and what is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
The best pieces of advice that he gave to me is the have the chance to go back to school. I have to and also always love the family because at the end of the day, it's still the family that be there for you. One piece of advice, for a new caregiver, is to treat our clients as a member of our family, like a mother or father, because and have to give all heart to them.
I think the thing that makes me a great caregiver is to put love in it, love the person itself, and everything goes out like treating them well, making them happy, and as a member of the family. You have to take care of their safety and everything. In my career, I care different types of people, like on with Alzheimer's, dementia, people who had stroke, heart failure, people undergoing dialysis, and lots more help different kinds of issues.. The moments I've been proud as a caregiver, when I see my clients improve their health and be appreciated.