Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi, my name is Theresa. I live in San Jose, California and have 4 years of nursing experience in the Philippines. It's always been my dream to be a nurse, and I worked hard to be one. I became a caregiver because I have yet to get my nursing license in America. In my career as a caregiver, I have worked with different kinds of clients with illnesses like diabetes, dementia, autism and bi-polar disorder.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
One of my clients was diagnosed with autism and bipolar disorder. She has been very difficult to work with, but finally a few weeks ago she's opened up a lot about her father who died. Now we can understand why she's having those difficulties, troubles, and everything.
What have you learned most from being a caregiver?
What I learned from being a caregiver is to listen to the patient opening up about how they felt or what they're feeling. That's when we start working, and that's when we start healing. That's the most important thing, listening.
What makes you a good caregiver?
I'm a good caregiver because I learned professionally from school and I have empathy, patience, and am willing to help the patient recover from their problems and to heal them.