Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
I became a caregiver when I came from my homeland. I was in the school of nursing for almost three years, and then also another department to become as a police officer. Anyway, since I came here in the United States in1986 I've been a Caregiver.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
One of the clients that I've been working with, I've been with her 16-year-old hyperactive guy. That little boy was having a temper. And I had difficulties working with him. But first thing I have to let him know is what I'm doing for him and I had my patience. I've been taking care of this little boy for 15 years. Before I worked for him, he never talked or make conversation.. But I took him everywhere, a trip every year out of the country, and I made things for him to be happy.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
The important thing as a caregiver would be to be warm, loving, from inside your heart. That's the first thing I have. And I have my patience. And if you don't have any patience there's no way for you to be a good caregiver. You have to love the patient just like you love your parents - your mother and your father. And that's the most important thing I do with all my heart. That's how I do my caregiving.
People tell me that I'm a good caregiver. First thing, I'm strong enough to handle it. If the case is a paraplegic, or some person that couldn't walk by themselves, I'm good at that because I'm strong enough and I can do exercise with them if they don't walk themselves. And the econd thing is they like my attitude.