My name is Zora. I live in San Jose, CA. I've been a CNA/caregiver for six years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I become a caregiver because of my grandma. When she was in her eighties, she couldn't care for herself no more. And me, by the time-- being the youngest of the family who didn't have the career yet, I decided to go to school for the CNA certification. Which, after that, I was qualified to become her caregiver until the last day-- until her last day on earth. And after that, I was just interested in caring for those who can't care for themselves no more, and giving that love and companion to all those who need it.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be that-- don't go in only because of the money. Go in for the compassion. Go in for the love of the job. Go in for a heart to care-- to share your caring, to share your love, to share your companionship to all those who need it. Be there for them all the times. Treat them as your family. Treat them as you want other people treat for you. Treat them as your mom, or your dad, or your son, or your daughter. Just treat them as your family. Care for them. Be there for them.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
The client I will never forget was one of my clients in Sunnyvale. Her name was Miss Janet. It was a private caregiving. This lady was so-- she always used to feel lonely because her kids would come over, but they would stay only for like 10 minutes or less. And whenever they leave, she becomes so sad-- very sad. And I have to be there for her. I have to encourage her. I have to talk with her-- watch TV with her. I knew her best programs she loves, so I would always sit there and joke with her, laugh with her, play with her, do her exercises with her, assist her in her daily living activities. But the day I will never forget was the day-- she never used to talk. Even when her kids come over, she doesn't talk with them. The day I will never forget - I was shocked - was the day she said-- she called me by my name, Zora. "Thank you very much for being there for me. I love you." She made me feel warm. I was happy because, me caring for her, she was like-- I would see my grandmother in her.