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I am patient and realistic. I know that our faculties change as we get older.It can be frightening to loose control of our lives as well as our bodies. I feel I am here to help my clients accept and embrace what is occurring . I have to readjust my expectations daily. I have clients who appear to be fading then suddenly are back to where they were. I am observant, I notice shifts in enthusiasm and attitude. I don't ignore those observations I make note to see if something has gone wrong or right!I understand the need for routine and control of your surroundings, personal items and placement of furniture. I read blogs, magazines and books to keep up on nutrition, medications, benefits, and side affects, and behavior. I am very interested in brain trauma, the effects of stroke on behavior,balance, aphasia. I have worked closely with several stroke survivors. Currently I assist a woman in who experiences aphasia. She is taking part in a study by Portland State University on aphasia and how it affects stroke survivors and their families. I have learned a great deal from her and the study. Previous to this, I worked with a stroke survivor who had a stroke after open heart surgery. When we first met she was unable to sit alone ,she has gone from being unable to sit alone to getting in and out of bed walking for up to 40 minutes with a walker, 6-13-16 she walked alone. I had her do her exercises every day, work on computer games, given by her Occupational therapist. She now removes her own shoes, and can dress her self. I was a caregiver to my mother after a brain injury suffered in a terrible car accident. In 2010 I shared hospice care for my brother who had bone cancer. My thoughts everyday were, what can I do to better understand what is happening, and how can I give him comfort. All of these qualities make me a good caregiver.

Skills & Certifications: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

1. I decided to become a caregiver after retiring from a corporate job of 25 years and my children had grown up and moved on. I realized I wasn't ready to "retire". The idea of becoming a caregiver sounded like something that would be an outlet for my "nurturing" nature. 2. Caregiving gives me great satisfaction and a feeling of peace and contentment as the things I do to help others means a lot to them. I love that I help people be in control of their lives while ensuring their safety, health and comfort. My personal feeling of well being increases when I am helping others. 3. Something I'm proud of is working with a lady who'd had right hip and left knee replacement surgery. She was fearful of standing, was not doing exercises and was dependent on her husband. I helped her to follow Physical Therapy prescribed exercises to increase her strength, confidence, mobility and independence. After 7 months, she could walk with confidence using a cane and do activities of daily living. She was even able to return to sleeping in her own bed which required climbing 12 stairs. 4. About me: I am a lady who is energetic, healthy, physically fit, very personable and I have a fun sense of humor. I am also dependable and trustworthy. I have two grown kids. I have a lot of compassion and empathy for people I am caring for. I am a great cook and homemaker. I have lived in the Portland area all my life and love it here. I also have a very reliable car!

Skills & Certifications: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)