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Krysta K.

Krysta K.

$20.00 / hr

Tucson, AZ

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About Krysta

If you're looking for help then this is probably a very stressful time for you and/or your loved one. There is major transition going on -- and some of it might not be welcome. I want to add to your ease, decrease your burden, make this transition easier. You're looking for someone to entrust yourself or your loved one with. You probably want someone you can depend on, who's on time, reliable, conscientious, experienced, dedicated, professional, competent. I am. And I imagine you also want someone who has "soft-skills": intuitive, compassionate, deep listener, empathetic, honest, considerate, patient. That's me too. Put them together and that means you or your loved one will receive care from someone who can hold compassionate space, listen deeply, respond to needs, anticipate what's needed, while also providing competently for health and daily tasks. In addition, I respect the people I work with and talk to them as adults and people, not as incompetent, invisible or childlike. It's a lovely dance to find the balance of inter/dependent, and try not to figuratively "step on toes" finding it. I am a certified Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, which means I can often share healthy advice, while also working within the parameters of your current medical team. With me, you or your loved one is in excellent hands, combined with a compassionate heart, and a bright mind.

Caregiving Services & Expertise

Services

  • Bathing
  • Dressing & Grooming
  • Toileting
  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Prep
  • Groceries & Shopping
  • Transferring & Mobility
  • Exercise
  • Transportation
  • Housekeeping
  • Companionship

Job Interests

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Short Term
  • Overnight
  • Holiday Shifts

Caregivers that work non-full-time jobs or irregular shifts can negotiate extra compensation in addition to their standard hourly wage.

Skills & Expertise

  • Arthritis
  • Cardiovascular Disorders
  • COPD
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Hearing Disorders
  • Home Health Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Palliative Care
  • Post Surgery Recovery
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Skin Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Vision and Eye Disorders
  • Senior Care
  • Elder Care
  • Home Care

Languages

  • English

Experience & Education

Assistant, Companion, Helper, Home Health Aid

May 2019 - Present
private family
This charming, humorous, integrous man has many physical and mental issues (COPD, diabetes, bone and skin cancer, very hard of hearing, very low immune system, high blood pressure; PSTD, anxiety, depression) and is in extreme pain most of the time. Helping to keep his spirit up and helping to make life more satisfying. Tasks include advocating for him at VA, asking direct questions of doctors, doing research on his multiple conditions and how to address them effectively, and watching contraindications with all the various medications. Doing basic chores: cleaning, shopping, grocery shopping, meal prep, walking dog. Other tasks: medication reminder, helping with driving to an abundance of medical appointments, walking and light exercise to keep him moving, helping with grooming as needed. A lot of my time is companionship.
May 2019 - Present

Home health Aide

Aug 2019 - Jun 2020
private family
This lovely gentleman died this week. During this time, I cooked for him, cleaned, did paperwork, laundry, medications, massage (for his aching back which was in constant pain), companionship, cleaned up messes from his bag. I was his only caretaker until he went to the VA for medical issues and then hospice.
Aug 2019 - Jun 2020

Help after knee surgery

Jun 2019 - Dec 2019
private family
Helped woman heal from knee surgery and other complications. Helped to appointments, talked to doctors and asked questions and took notes as well as giving information, encouraged doing exercises, helped her get around, made food, light housekeeping, took care of details and misc. duties. Lived in.
Jun 2019 - Dec 2019

Companion, aide

Apr 2018 - May 2019
private family
Before her stroke, I lived in a guest suite, mostly for company or emergencies, but also other duties. After her stroke, I helped her walk, bathroom, shower, get in and out of bed, do exercises from physical therapist, do brain games to help her brain, talk to her like a real person and get her reexcited about life, give meds, make food, socialize with her, hire round-the-clock personnel, make schedule, give directions, create lists for people, do training, light house work, take care of plants and animals, go to doctors with her and give information and ask questions and take notes, other misc. duties as needed. Stopped when she needed to go into nursing home.
Apr 2018 - May 2019

Helped friend during cancer treatment, hospice, death

May 2017 - Jan 2018
private family
One of my good friends had cancer. I was one of the core people who were helping her in this process. I took her places and appointments, socialized with her, fundraised for her medical needs, researched information. When she was in the hospital, I advocated for her, asked questions, challenged when necessary, helped her decide what was best for her. When she was in hospice, I sang to her, talked to her, gave her things to soothe her, read to her, massaged her, etc.
May 2017 - Jan 2018

Editor-in-Chief

Jan 2000 - Feb 2017
MARRIAGE magazine
This is not necessary relevant to taking care of your loved one. But it does show my professionalism, ability to take responsibility, work ethic, ability to produce and transferrable skills. Magazine closed. The entire staff for a national magazine was a part-time office manager, very part-time art director -- and me. I did most tasks on the magazine. Selected, trained, managed and mentored staff and volunteers. Every issue was on time. Increased subscriptions 520% due to usable, relevant, interesting content. Found national newsstand distributors which increased revenues by 25%. Maintained full accountability for all aspects of daily magazine operations. Demonstrated critical thinking skills.
Jan 2000 - Feb 2017

Association of Natural Health

Jan 2015 - Jan 2016
Bremen, GA
Jan 2015 - Jan 2016

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Jan 1992 - Jan 1994
Carbondale, IL
Jan 1992 - Jan 1994
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