Hi, my name is Sitaita Likiliki, I live in San Leandro and I've been a caregiver for three and a half years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because I was taking care of my mother and my grandparents. My grandparents had Parkinson's and I didn't really have knowledge upon that until I took good care of them. I fell in love with it because I grew to know more about them, other than them being my grandparents. And once I had that experience, then I started working as a caregiver. I just came to love to take care and watch after those who put their lives for others for a long majority of time. And I also gained more knowledge about everything else around me. And I became a little wiser at my age. So I love what I do. I love caregiving.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice would be to just remain patient and calm, and come with an open mind and an open heart to any client that you have. Be very kind and sometimes you can talk softly or with a strong voice, but always just have a smile on your face and be ready and willing to adjust to anything that the client has for you. And that's all you can do. Just really carry your smile and be patient. And have a willing and ready attitude and always be professional.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget was Ellie. She was in a facility, Brookdale. The thing about her was that I seemed to see all the caregivers be frustrated when they were assigned her on their sheet. But the first day that I met her, there was nothing difficult for me. I mean, her face was just amazed when I had came and I was really patient with her no matter what she was throwing at me. And, for some reason, the way that she was so tough, but I could see that she had a soft spot in her, it just reminded me of my grandmother. And I took upon myself to always have her on my sheet, and she always requested for me. I mean, I took care of her and I loved her just as my own.