Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you decided to become a caregiver?
My name is Purita and I live in San Francisco. I have worked 12 years as a caregiver and 10 years as a CNA. I became a caregiver because I wanted to earn a living here with my family, so I studied to become a CNA. It is easy for me to give compassion, love, and care to my clients.
What types of conditions are you familiar with as a caregiver?
I finished my CNA course and I got a lot of experiences through my clients. I have experience with Alzheimer's, dementia, people who can't walk anymore, and those people who are difficult to handle. My specialty is taking care of people who are bedridden.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The first person that comes to my mind is a Japanese woman who was alone in her house. She had two kids, one boy and one girl. They were working, so I was living with her. She was a very difficult client because of sundowning and she could be very hard to handle. I took care of her for more than two years before she eventually moved to a nursing home.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
The one piece of advice I would give to a new caregiver is to try your best to give love and compassion to one person. You need to take care of them as if they were a member of your family. And you also need to respect their rights.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
My proudest moment working as a caregiver was when I took care of a cancer patient. I took care of her for six months under hospice. She had no family but only one son. Because she didn't have kids at home, she needed to be loved. So I took care of her really well.