Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Rosalina and I go by "Lilly" because it's shorter and easier to remember. I live in Hayward and I have been in this business for three years. The person who inspired me to be in this business of caring is my sister. She's done it for many years. And I moved to California three years ago. At first, I just kind of started in as a fill-in and finally, I loved it. I have the knack for it. I love taking care of people and make a big impact in their well-being by being there, caring for them. And I am very good in home management
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget actually is a couple. I'm supposed to take care of the wife, who has full-blown dementia, sweet lady. And I really wish I could have known her when she was still -- had it all. Anyway, it was a perfect match. Although the lady is the one that I took care of, the husband is the one who dictated where we went. We went to musical shows all over. We went to Symphony and stuff like that, to fundraising events. It was really fun experience. . What I had admired most about the couple that I took care of is they're just the most wonderful people.They treated me as a family and it was a good -- like a family dynamics. It doesn't feel like you're taking care of them, you're part of the family. That was really great. They appreciated what I have done for them, I took care of them the best I can, and they're happy with my performance. I did stuff that's not really part of my caregiving job because I lived in their house five days of the week. I cleaned up their cupboards because of expired food and stuff like that. The environment that they're in, it needs to be safe. Make sure the food is not expired or the refrigerator is clean. I guess it's just like being a mom, you factor that in when you're caring for a client to show that you care.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
The advice that I can give to new caregivers is to do the best you can. To make sure the person you're caring for is taken care of, not only the whole person but their well-being. Make sure that you're compassionate and loving. Just be there for them. I think you will be good. And do your job as caregiver and pay attention to cues.
What makes me proud of a caregiver is because I do a really good job in taking care of my clients. The way I care for my clients - the way I see it - is a reflection of me, because I don't settle for less. I'm a perfectionist and the way I take care of myself is extended to my clients. That's the way I am. It always shows. It's like an extension of myself when I take care of my clients.