How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver 24 years ago, accidentally. Anyway, I was helping out a friend - who had established an agency - and she needed a caregiver on an urgent basis. And I stepped in to help her out, thinking that it would only be one day. But that one day turned into seven years, and caring for that client 24 hours, 7 days a week. And although I studied to be something else in my life, but my experience as a caregiver changed my whole journey.
What do you enjoy most about being a caregiver?
The reason why I am passionate about being a caregiver is because it allows me and gives me the opportunity to use my experiences, my skills, my knowledge in taking care of people's loved ones with a lot of love and respect. And this is what I love to do and I always do my best at all times.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Of all the people I've cared for, the first person that comes to mind is the first client that I cared for. And I cared for her for seven years, 24 hours, 7 days a week. And because that was my first client, and I was just learning how to be a caregiver. But she taught me a lot about patience, trust and being loyal, compassion. And most importantly, what I felt is my love for her and respect was so important and that I'm grateful for. What I admired most about my client that I had cared for seven years is her unconditional love and how she treated me. And how she loved me and extended that love to my family.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
My one piece of advice to a new caregiver is to do it with all their heart because that will override all the other little things of frustration, wanting to give up and just not having a good day. But when you know in your heart that what you're doing is right, you will be content and remain happy of what you're doing.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
The moments that make me proud of being a caregiver is when my client takes my hand, gives me a big hug and says thank you.