Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Olga. I'm caregiver for ten years. I live in Walnut Park. What inspired me to be a caregiver, I used to work in nursing home in Israel for five years, in 1992 until 2000 or like that or more. So I like to help people. It's my intention in this life, so I'll be great in this job. It fit me, I'm sure.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I remember the most, his name is Bastino. He's Italian. I'm so good with him. He likes my attitude with him, help him a lot. I'm so nice with him. I'm patient. He told me what to do, I did for him and he likes my personality and he's nice to me, too. We get along. He likes my food. He likes Italian food, I prepare dinner. He said, "You're perfect with the dinner and cleaning and the ironing and doctors." I'm so nice to him, so I did what he asked me for. What makes me a great caregiver, I'm patient, kindly, friendly with them, nice, talk to them, they talk to me and they like to be with me because I'm not mean or I listen to them, understand what they want. They ask me what to do, I say okay. I didn't argue or do something they don't like.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
Advice to give another person to be a good giver is just be on time, be nice, patient, friendly, most of the times listen to them, do what they want nice way and of course to help them and keep an eye on them.
My proudest caregiver moment would be the client who has dementia is to tell her my name, she remember my name because I'm usually there with them for awhile. I give her to another caregiver and she told the other caregiver, no, I want her because she really did a great job from her heart. She didn't miss anything. She stay over sometime overtime to help. She did a great job with them. So that's why they appreciate that, what she did, her job. And they like the food she cook and everything else in the house.