Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Sanida. I'm residing in Pacifica and I've worked for more than 20 years as a caregiver. I became a caregiver because I love people. I took care of my parents and one of my cousins. I was very patient in taking care of them, and I like to be responsible for what I am doing.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The first thing that comes to my mind is my parents. I've taken care of many different people, some disabled, some not. I take responsibility for my work. I love them as my mother, or as my parents. The longest I have taken care of one family is nine years. I often think of my patient Nancy -- she was like my mom. I took care of her and they treated me like their daughter. We were very compatible with each other. I gave everything to her. I was there for them for nine years and one month as a live-in caregiver, and I loved to be there with her.
What advice would you give to a new caregiver?
If I were to give advice to a new caregiver, I would say, please love your client and also have patience with them. You have to understand their feelings, and you have to share your feelings with them and love them. And secondly, you have to be responsible.