Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
Hi my name is Wini, and I am from the Philippines and currently live in San Francisco, CA. I have 3 years of experience caring for individuals outside of my own family as well as 6 years of experience caring for my father.
Can you tell us about a client close to your heart?
A client close to my heart is an elderly couple that I provided live-in care for. I made special effort on holidays and their birthdays to bring small, thoughtful gifts to let them know I was thinking of them. I treat my clients not as patients, but as part of my family. Being a caregiver is a passion of mine, and I feel strongly that if I can not give my all my heart to each client, I cannot provide for them the proper care.
How would you describe your style as a caregiver?
I enjoy and focus on communicating with my clients. We watch and discuss local news together, whether watching the news on TV or reading the newspaper.
What is a best practice you have learned as a caregiver?
What I've learned most from caring for people with Alzheimer's is to go with the flow. I use conversation to help distract and redirect.