Hi, my name is Shante. I live in Oakland and I've been a caregiver for over 15 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of my mother. She has health issues and also I have other family members that I wanted to be able to take care of also. So I went off to school and got educated and came back and being in the same industry. My whole reason for being a caregiver is so that I can care for others including my family. I love to care for others.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to have patience with your clients, listen to them closely, have a good relationship with their family members so that you will be able to communicate very clearly and correctly.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I would never forget is Ms. Dorfin. She was very anxious so you had to play her soothing music to calm her down. When she did calm down, she was a very friendly and sweet person.