Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name in Tanginika. I live in San Francisco, and I've been a caregiver for three years. The person who inspired me to be a caregiver was my grandmother. I'd been helping her since she was sick. She had diabetes, and she also had high blood pressure. Right now, she just passed away a few months ago, and that's what inspired me to help other disabled people.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
Out of all the people out I cared for, Christina was the first one to come to my mind. Christina is blind right now. I've been working with her for four weeks. She trusts me. I help her out with her laundry. I take her out. I took her on walks. I just took her to get her eyebrows done. I take her grocery shopping. I let her know that she has her receipts. I read her receipts off to her, her card numbers. And she likes me, I like working with her, and I make her feel comfortable. What I admire most about Christina is her trust and honesty. She trusts me a lot, like with going to go pay her bills, giving me money to go to the store, and I like that. I wanted her to trust me. Another thing I admire about her is she is honest with me all the time. She doesn't lie. If she feels something is wrong, she'll let me know. She doesn't hold anything back, and that makes me trust her.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
If I can give advice to any caregiver who wants to work for Home Care, helping people with special needs, you have to have patience. It's a lot of people that can't walk, that have amnesia, have a lot of stuff-- they don't remember stuff sometimes. You have to have patience with them at all times.
What makes me proud to be a caregiver is that I'm actually helping someone that is in need of help, and it makes me happy that I'm making them happy. For instance, I had clients before where I had to change them, and I felt comfortable with it, and I felt happy with it, because once I'm happy and I help them, they're happy. As long as they're happy, then I'm happy. And I was going to say that I like being a caregiver. I like to help people.