I am the 5th youngest of 11 children, 9 boys and 2 girls. I was raised by my mum and dad in a village called Siufaga Falelatai in Upolu, Samoa. On the 2nd of December, 1975 at the young age of 20 I moved to New Zealand which has been my home ever since.
With my Level 3 Health & Wellbeing Certificate I can perform all tasks from household tasks, to personal care, to complex care. I have a responsibility to all my clients and I like taking care of them, whatever the task I have been given.
I work 5 days a week and with one client on a Sunday. I have 4 permanent clients and do a bit of relieving in between.
I have completed first aid, everyday leaders, health and wellbeing certificates up to level 3 along with a long list of inhouse training such as dementia, diabetes, food handling, etc. I have been invited to complete level 4 but that is not something I am ready for just yet.
Pacific Homecare is big on learning and up-skilling employees. I like that they support me in my learning. I like the work I do. Caring for the elderly gives me great pleasure.
Our Training and Services Manager Ann-Louise Uluakiaola, she always pushes me to do better and shows me how to do the job.
The wheel keeps spinning when I get home! With 22 grandchildren I am always on the move with lots to do. Hard work is what I know, I only rest when it is bedtime.
Samoan music of course
Chopsuey and Taro
Not too much. I like reading the bible regularly, it calms my mind.
English and Samoan
No time to entertain hobbies
Simply being in my village back in Samoa and the life there.
Like I said earlier, life has always been about hard work so for me, I took each day as it came.