Holly-Sue M.

$20.00 / hr

Long Beach, CA

About Holly-Sue

Hello! My name is Holly-Sue, I am a DIAMOND CAREGIVER, a COVID-19 ADVANCED PROVIDER and an ELITE LEVEL CARE PROVIDER, after completing over 145 Advanced Certifications, here at the CareLinx Academy, CNA ECU, Alz.org, and many more. In my 24 YEARS of experience, I have been a Registered In-Home Healthcare Provider (HCA), Certified Palliative Care and Hospice Provider (CPCHP), Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA), Nursing Assistant (CNA), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Certified First Responder-Dementia Trained (CFR-DT), Nationally Certified Dementia Trainer (NCDT), Dementia Care Manager (DCM), Certified Dementia Care Provider (CDCP), Geriatric Care Manager (GCM), Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA), Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA) and a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). Additionally, I'm certified in the following, American Heart Association Life Saving Treatments: * Healthcare Provider CPR/AED * FIRST RESPONDER FIRST AID * BLS (Basic Life Support) * ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life. Support) * BLOOD BOURNE PATHOGENS * ADVANCED COVID-19. PROVIDER My primary areas of expertise focus on Geriatric Diseases, Dementia (Stages I-IV) including Alzheimer's Disease, Combative Behavior and Aggression in Dementia Patients, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Neurological Disorders; Various Strokes and Recovery, Epilepsy, Hearing and Vision Loss, Diabetes, Renal Failure, Dialysis and Severe Muscle Atrophy. Further areas of my expertise include Cardiovascular Diseases particularly; Cardiomyopathy, Congestive Heart Failure and Cardiac Implants (ICD and Bi-Ventricular Pacers with ICD). As a result, I am well equipped to handle both high and low blood pressure complications. Especially, when as a result of being bed bound, many Cardiac Conditions, Severe Muscle Atrophy or the advanced stages of Dementia. I AM SO FORTUNATE, to be so absolutely PASSIONATE, about my career! I love going to work everyday knowing I make a difference.

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
  • Weekend Live-In
  • 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

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cancer Recovery
  • Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Hearing Disorders
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Home Health Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Orthopedic Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Post Surgery Recovery
  • Renal and Urological Disorders
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Skin Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Tracheotomy / Ventilation
  • Vision and Eye Disorders
  • Senior Care
  • Elder Care
  • Home Care

Languages

  • English

Experience & Education

Physical Therapist Assistant and Stand by Assist Healthcare Provider

Nov 2020 - Present
Harmony Healthcare Inc
***Hours are extremely flexibe, depending upon CareLinx work schedule**** Cecil is a 83 y.o. male with severe Neuropathy, a never repaired right foot tendon and an EXTREMELY HIGH FALL RISK.
Nov 2020 - Present

Bedridden Stroke In Home Healthcare Provider, Wound Care, PTA and COTA

Apr 2018 - Dec 2020
Assurity Home Health Inc
Patient is a 76 y.o. female suffering from her sixth stroke like condition (called Mui Mui) where blood vessels burst in the brain. Initially, I provided beddridden full assist andconstant care. Detailed Documentation and Physical and Occupational Therapy regimens Initially, she required full assist with feeding, rotation every 2 hours, sponge baths, transfer to wheelchair using either a hoyer lift or draw sheet. She presented with full left side arm, hand and leg contraction. Unable to perform ROM exercises, I started with gentle massage then slow stretching and incorporated the use of arm and hand brace 3 times a day for 2 hours. In just under 6 months she had begun to feed herself some meals using a spoon or her fingers, using the right hand. She is able to grab her cup and take a drink when she is thirsty, very talkative, can sit at the edge of her bed for 20 minutes at a time, supporting herself with her right arm and core body strength! She never ceases to truly amaze and inspire me!! I am only working with her about 1-2 days a week, very flexible, providing therapy to supplement the therapists provided by her insurance.
Apr 2018 - Dec 2020

Palliative Care and End of Life Care

Feb 2020 - May 2020
Assurity Home Health Inc
Patient was a 65 y.o. male with Frontal Lobe Dementia. My job was to assist with transferring, showering, dressing, grooming, medication administration, food planning, preparation, feeding and most of all constant companionship. Monitor vital signs four times daily, document, observe and record breathing, and to be on stand by to notify patient's family if breathing became very shallow. He had a DNR order, so I was not allowed to perform CPR, just comfort and companionship until he passed away.
Feb 2020 - May 2020

CareLinx Academy

Jan 2018 - Jan 2020
Los Angeles, CA
Jan 2018 - Jan 2020

End of Life Healthcare Provider and Compassionate Care

Feb 2018 - Nov 2018
In Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
Cared for a 64 y.o. female with late stage metastatic cancer. The goal was to keep her comfortable, as pain free as possible and calm. She had previously been my patient during her first two bouts with cancer and requested me as her nurse for her final battle with this horrendous disease.
Feb 2018 - Nov 2018

Palliative Care and PTA

Aug 2015 - Jan 2018
Kindred LLC
Provided 24 hour on-call and scheduled care for two individuals. Including, but not limited to; planning and preparing three meals and two snacks daily and assistance with feeding. Daily showering (or when unable bed baths) dressing, assistance to/from bathroom, insertion of male catheter, application and cleansing/disinfecting of external female catheter. Established daily physical therapy routines and documented it, wheeled him outside for daily walks to get fresh air and assisted both with mobility assistance. Changed bed linens and clothing daily, completed all laundry, sweeping, moping, washing dishes and all light housekeeping. Organized all doctor visits, cardiovascular care, muscle atrophy ROM, renal failure, surgery recovery, depression care, pressure sore and ulcer prevention/treatment, medication management, planned extracurricular activities such as day and evening fishing trips and provided constant companionship.
Aug 2015 - Jan 2018

In-Home Healthcare Provider, Palliative Care and PTA

Apr 2012 - Mar 2017
Private Insurance
Patient was a 87 y.o. female, suffering from moderate-severe Alzheimer's Disease and recovering from a fractured hip that had resulted in her being bedridden. She was brought home, from a long-term facility, and her behavior and general mood had changed drastically. She became aggressive, extremely anxious, combative and even mildly violent. Her behavior was the most volatile during the transition from evening up until her bed time. In an attempt to try and minimize her symptoms, I began by turning on all the lights in her room, almost a full hour before sunset. Then I would close the blinds before the sun began to set. I would try to distract her by establishing a routine. Making her and I both decaf coffee and a small snack, making her laugh and talking for hours. If that failed, I would sit right next to her, hold her hand and always tell her "You're a grown woman, you know how you feel. If you're sad, that's alright, I get sad too. If you're frustrated I understand that too. So would it be alright if we talk about how you are feeling and if you aren't sure how you feel, we will just keep talking until we figure it out?" Once we incorporated this routine nightly it made our bond stronger and her mood/behavior dramatically improved.
Apr 2012 - Mar 2017

In Home Healthcare Provider, PTA, COTA, PTSD Care and Pressure Sore Care

Feb 1999 - Mar 2017
Vetrans Affairs Medical Ctr
Patient was a 65 y.o. bedridden Vietnam Veteran recovering from a Coumadin and Heparin Overdose that caused a Retro- Parateneal Bleed, resulting in a 14 month hospitalization. He was discharged from the Rehab Center with 85% Muscle Atrophy, He suffered from CHF, Severe Cardiomyopathy, Tachycardia, Atrial Fibrillation, PTSD, mild Dementia, a Tracheostomy, Ventilator and Passy-Muir Valve. He was being weaned off the last 13% of his ventilator and using the Passy-Muir Valve to breathe on his own, able to speak briefly for the first time in over 8 months and eating soft blue-dyed foods for the first time in over a year! I helped create a Palliative Care Plan to ensure his comfort at home, in familiar surroundings. My responsibilities included: Rotating him every 2-4 hours in bed, Wound/Pressure Sore Prevention and Treatment, Tracheostomy Care, Catheter Cleaning, Diaper Changing, Bed Pans, transfers, Bed Bathing, Showers using a Paraplegic Chair, Head to Toe Grooming, Medication Management, Meal Planning, Preparation, and assistance with all meals/ snacks. Eventually, after daily Range of Motion Exercises/Stretching (ROM) we started Physical Therapy. Within 2 years, he was walking around the home, with the assistance of a walker.
Feb 1999 - Mar 2017

Northern Arizona University

Jan 2011 - Jan 2013
Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 2011 - Jan 2013

Home Healthcare Provider, PTA, Wound Care and Infection Control

Dec 2009 - Feb 2011
Kindly Care Agency
My patients were a 68 y.o. female Nancy and her husband Bob a 70 y.o. male. She was recovering initially from back and knee surgery. Unfortunately it went wrong and she had to have 3 additional surgeries within a year. This left her bed bound, to the extent that she was completely unable to move on her own. Her husband, Bob, had My job duries included: Complete Mobility Assistance, Transfer using Hoyer Lifts, Gait Belts and transfer boards, Sponge Baths then Shower Safety, Diaper Changes, External Female Catheter- Pure-Wick- Daily Disinfection of tubing and Collection Container, Monitor and Chart Fluid Intake/Output, Meal Preparation, Medication Management and Physical Therapy. Before they had to relocate to Nevada, she was able to move around the house with a seated walker. Use of a wheelchair was still required for any travel outside the home, however, she was able to bathe herself with stand by assistance, a shower bench, grab bars and slip resistant mats. She was also able to groom and dress herself.
Dec 2009 - Feb 2011

Home Healthcare Provider, Palliative Care, Respite Care

Jan 2004 - Dec 2009
Universal Care Resources
"Lu-Lu" was a 74 y.o. SEVERELY Insulin Dependent Diabetic, Congestive Heart Failure, Early Stage Alzheimer's, Renal Failure and Respite Patient, who had a one of a kind hilarious personality, that I loved. I miss her dearly. My duties included: Grocery shopping, running standard errands, meal planning and preparation, monitoring insulin dosage and administration (up to 6 x daily), staying with her during her Dialysis treatments 3-4 x weekly. Documented fluid intake/output and restricted her fluid intake. All vitals (Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, SP02, Respiration Rate and Temperature) were taken 3 times a day, I checked her legs constantly for Cellulitis, edema or any injuries to monitor her CHF. Immaculate documentation, measured and photographed her lower legs to present to her Wound Care Specialist. During the last days of her life, I was sitting by her side, holding her hand, and making her laugh. I was there 24/7 for those four days. I provided constant companionship, reassurance, assistance and true heartfelt loving support until the end.
Jan 2004 - Dec 2009

Long Beach City College

Jan 2007 - Jan 2009
Long Beach, CA
Jan 2007 - Jan 2009

Cerritos College

Jan 2005 - Jan 2007
Norwalk, CA
Jan 2005 - Jan 2007

Palliative Care, Diabetic Retinopathy and End of Life Care

Feb 1997 - Jun 2005
Long Term Care Solutions
Sue was a 56 y.o. Diabetic, with EXTREMELY High Blood Pressure (even medications were rarely helpful), Multiple Surgical Recoveries and Repairs and Diabetic Neuropathy. That was causing rapid vision loss in both eyes and within the first year she was declared Legally Blind. I immediately contacted a consultant and took seminars at the Braille Institute in Orange County. I needed to learn HOW to help her with her ADL's, find her a counselor, large print accessible items and books on tape, A year later she had the first of 4 problematic lower lumbar surgeries that left her bedridden and recliner dependant. Only able to move around by the use of a wheelchair, dependent on Hoyer Lifts, transfer boards and gait belts. I Handled all transfers. She was 5'3 240 pounds. High doses of pain medicine eventually left her with early stage renal failure and later loss of bowel control. My daily ADL duties included: bathing, grooming, dressing, changing diapers and pads, monitoring her body for pressure sores. Medication Management, Observation and diligent Documentation of the entire day, Vitals taken 3 x daily-except for Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure to be monitored 5 x daily. Prepared Meals, guided her around the home, light housekeeping, would talk to her for hours on end to relieve her nerves, I would read to her every night before I left.
Feb 1997 - Jun 2005

Cerritos College

Jan 2003 - Jan 2005
Norwalk, CA
Jan 2003 - Jan 2005

California State University - Fullerton

Jan 2001 - Jan 2003
Fullerton, CA
Jan 2001 - Jan 2003

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Jan 2000 - Jan 2002
Los Angeles, CA
Jan 2000 - Jan 2002

Passy-Muir Respiratory Therapy Seminar

Jan 2001 - Jan 2002
Long Beach, CA
Jan 2001 - Jan 2002

Passy-Muir Valve and Tracheostomy Courses

Jan 2002 - Jan 2002
Long Beach, CA
Jan 2002 - Jan 2002

California State University - Fullerton

Jan 1999 - Jan 2001
Fullerton, CA
Jan 1999 - Jan 2001

Long Beach City College

Jan 1998 - Jan 1999
Long Beach, CA
Jan 1998 - Jan 1999

Reviews (2)

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November 2020
Cynthia Z.
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Holly is so nice and sweet! She always makes sure I’m comfortable and safe. She is one of the best caregivers/nurses I’ve met.
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October 2020
John G.
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My mom really enjoys spending time with Holly. It is such a relief to have a professional caring for my mom
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