Donna Eko is a veteran caregiver who works with our Pasadena, California offices. Prior to coming to work with us three years ago, Donna worked in administrative care and for the California school district, where she helped train disabled adults. Donna has been working with the elderly and disabled for 10 years! Impressive.

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We reached Donna at her home in Covina, California, where she cheerfully agreed to be interviewed for our monthly “Caregiver Spotlight” series. Thank you, Donna, for taking the time to answer our questions!

1. Why did you become a caregiver? What attracted you to the profession?

My thing is, I love people and I love meeting new people.  I really enjoy the interaction. It’s my thing. It’s something I like doing. I think it helps that I have a lot of patience, too. I really love helping people.

2. What is your favorite part about the job?

My favorite part of the job is after I get through taking care of a client, they smile and say thank you. It makes me feel good…Having someone acknowledge what you do…that’s the nice part of it.

3. Is there any part of your job that you find challenging?

Sometimes it does get challenging. Sometimes the clients don’t have the proper things to work with and sometimes you just have to come up with creative ways to solve the problem. You have to make due with what you’ve got.

4. If you could give one piece of advice to other caregivers, what would it be?

You have to be patient. Sometimes a job will take longer than  you thought and you just have to take the time to see that it’s done well. Sometimes you’ll be working eight hours and something will come up and you’ll need to stay, but you should never leave, no matter what. You have to stay until everything is taken care of.

Remember your clients are like your family, they’re like your grandparents. You should treat them with care and love.

5. What sort of training did you have to undergo in order to become a caregiver?

I went to six months of vocational school. This involved training in a hospital and in a nursing home. I have a CNA license and home health license, which were both required for the job.

7. Do you have any interesting on-the-job experiences you’d like to share? If so, what are they?

My last patient…he was so sweet. Instead of calling me “Donna”, he called me Mary Poppins.  He said I reminded him of her. He was always telling me “You can do everything, just like Mary Poppins”. It was nice. I really enjoyed him. He always made me laugh…just thinking about him makes me smile.

Just thinking about you, Donna, makes us smile! Thank you so much for your honest and heartfelt responses and for all that you do for the Select Home Care family.

Want to learn more about Select Home Care’s caregivers? Watch the video below! And be sure to read our other “Caregiver Spotlight” interviews with caregivers Herodia Canizalez and Jo Ann Lake.