Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi, my name is Seema. I live in city of San Leandro, and I have been a caregiver for past 16 years. What inspired me to become a caregiver was working with people, learning about their diseases, medical needs, learning about challenges, how to make them feel better, being around hospital environment also.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Every client is a client I never forget, but there is one client that I have worked with for ten years. She had an aneurysm, and she could not move her body at all. The doctor told her that she will not be able to walk again, and with help of the family and effort that I put in into her, I was able to make her walk again. I cared for her for a long time, so I have learned a lot while caring for her. [music] The most challenging client I have was a lady with Alzheimer. When I first worked with her, she was a beginner of Alzheimer, but her Alzheimer increased very rapidly, and I used to do special care for her to preventing her from smoking so the disease will not grow rapidly in her body. And I was successfully able to help her in many ways, and she would be more than happy to work with me. She always liked working with me.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be, learn. Live and learn. Learn every day. Learn everything new. Listen to your client. Be patient with them because whatever they do that you don't like it, if they are normal, then they will never need you. So be patient with them. Be kind to them. [music] People told me I'm a great caregiver because I care for other people, I love working with everyone, I don't get angry, and I listen to what they want, and I try my best to meet the goals.
My proudest moment as a caregiver, again, is working with a person with an aneurysm that I was able to make her walk again with my help. With the ideas that I have, I was able to make her move around, at least around the house one more time.