Hi, my name is Peace. I live in San Francisco and I have 4 years caregiving experience.
What got you into caregiving?
I was a sick baby and that gives me a lot of courage and inspiration in life to take care of the needy and the sick. That's why I became a caregiver. I was at a university studying international relations, but I quickly discovered I was more of a caregiver than anything I learned. I quit that course of study and instead went to nusrsing school.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice would be to first of all, you have to have a passion to care for people. You have to have the ability to care for you to be a caregiver. If you don't have this compassion, attitude, and the zeal to help the people that need it, then you will not be a good caregiver. That's my advice. You have to be called. I mean, to have the nature of a carer, to be a caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
I had this client. Her name was Eileen. I worked with her for a very long time until a week before she passed on, she was bedridden. I came to visit and I looked into her eyes. I said to her, "I'm here to take care of you. Is that okay for you?" And she said yes. When I started, she goes this way, "Oh my god, my body is hurting me." and then says to me, "Hey, Peace don't you love me no more?" Tears started falling out of my eyes. I mean all this time that I took care of her, she never remembered me. She didn't know what my name is. She always thought that I was there to attack her. She would fight back when you would try to do something for her because she had dementia. And now she's dying and she recognized what my name is. And when she asked me the question, "Don't you love me no more?" It makes me feel like she actually knows, even though she's demented. I felt like deep down in her spirit, her soul knows that I really love her. I was not there to attack her. I was always there to take care of her. She finally recognized that. It was a special experience. It encourages me to never take anything personal from anyone no matter what they do. She was very special is someone that I will never forget.