Hi, my name is Viani. I live in San Francisco, CA and I've been a caregiver for 15 years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because of my mother's father and mother. I took care of them when they needed care. And also my father's mother-- I took care of her as well. That's how I got the experience on how to deal and work with old people as a caregiver before I started working for an agency and private caregiver.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver is to work with love. If you work for the male patient, like me, I call him as a father. If I work for a female, I call it as a mother. But I think love is the most important thing.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
My client that I will never forget is Mr. Gerald. He was an Alzheimer's patient. I worked for him for over three years. He was a nice guy and he was very alert, very patient, but he had Alzheimer's at the end of my care. So I traveled with him a lot to Hawaii, Kona, and he lives here-- downtown San Francisco. I've never met a guy like him as a father. He was very, very nice to me, and he was very kind. So I won't forget him even up to now, and his family, I am still in contact with them and we still have a good relationship because of this gentleman, Mr. Gerald.