Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi, I’m Willa. I live in San Francisco and I’ve been a caregiver for almost 1 year. I’m a licensed medical technologist from the Philippines.
Who is the first client that comes to your mind?
The first client that comes to mind is Ms. Jones. She is a good lady. We always talk about her family, her kids, and we play. I’d feed her and then we go for a walk. What I learned most from Mrs. Jones is to love your family. The love for family, for kids, for parents. I treasure it most.
What piece of advice would you give to a new caregiver?
If I can give a piece of advice for a new caregiver, I would tell them to be patient with their clients. These clients are at a hard time of their lives, so sometimes they will be stubborn or irritated and you must be patient. Of course, at the same time, love your clients as you love your parents.
What is your proudest moment as a caregiver?
My proudest moment as a caregiver is giving hope to patients. Especially for those who are terminally ill patients like Mrs. Jones, I always tell her to have faith in God. Pray. Don’t lose hope, that everything will be okay. And there will still be hope, even if you are already in the midst of difficulties.