Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Toyin. I live in Antioch. I've been a caregiver for four years now. I'm presently going to school for nursing and I love taking care of the elderly. Not because of the money, but because of the opportunity to serve the elderly, because one day I'm going to be an elderly person too. I love this job. I love this job, not because of the money, like I've said before, I had took care of a family member. It was really, really hard, but the other thing I saw in the side of it was an opportunity to serve. An opportunity to take care of someone who can not get up for himself. So I was grateful because I have an opportunity. I have the strength to give out what other people can't give.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
My favorite clients was-- there's this lady, she's 96 years old. She fell and she had a hip surgery. She could not walk that much. So anytime take care of her, I always carry and help to use the bathroom. I hold her. So she loves me soo much that I can do that for her, but when other people work for her they expect her to walk - take some steps - before she can sit on the bedside commode. So anytime I come see, she's always happy because she's going to do less for herself. I'm going to do more for her. So she's always happy, wait for me, and at the same time, I was excited to give out. So I felt this is where I belong - to help.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?My advice to a new caregiver is to be patience. It's to have faith in whatever you're doing. Satisfaction, it's not about the money. And to be patient because it takes faith to work with someone. It takes faith for you to achieve. It takes faith for you to see someone becoming what you want to become as a caregiver.
My proudest moment was when I was working with my uncle, and I felt the spirit of giving and I can let it go. I think all that is a great achievement because you're giving out, or you're doing what they can do for themself.
What are your strengths as a caregiver?
People tell me I'm a good caregiver because I'm able to bring them the good service, and I'm patient in whatever I'm doing to be able to see my clients come out of their darkness to a bright light. That is my success. Their success is my success. So I wanted to succeed in every area of their healths or their endeavor.