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CalMatters | July 12, 2023

The hardest parts of Grace Diaz’s caregiving job are the sleepless nights and aches and pains. And the time away from her family.

Even when Diaz’s client, an elderly Alzheimer’s patient, gets a good night’s sleep, Diaz  wakes up at her slightest rustle or groan. Diaz’s shoulder bothers her because she often lifts her client from bed to wheelchair.  

She lives with her client in Westminster, a city in Orange County, seven days a week, making $15.50-an-hour and sending some to her children back home in the Philippines, from which she emigrated 20 years ago.

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