Hi! My name is Bea and I live in Santa Rosa. I've been doing this caregiving job for more than 18 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because we look after our own parents, great grandparents and grandparents back in the islands. I was working as a community health worker back in Fiji.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to love the elderly people and do the best to them while they are still around you. You've got to love and help one another.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
One of my clients that I won't forget is a lady that had dementia. Her name is Ann and I really went through a hard time with her because she kicks me, spits on me and she pulls my hair whenever I put on her socks or feed her or whatever good things I do for her. From there, I knew that it wasn't her that was doing those kind of things to me. It was the sickness that was in her. So I really missed her when she was gone. She was 97 years old and when she died, she died peacefully. I really cried and I was really sad when she was gone because I really went through a hard time with her, but she died peacefully.