Hello Sarah MacKay, here! Thank-you so much for your time and interest. I have been caregiving for over 20 years. I'm a licensed CNA2. I've done many years of in-home caregiving and I've also worked within the Hospital Systems in Portland, Or. I've worked with Elders, Cancer Patients, Surgery Aftercare, Transplant Patients (OHSU) and Hospice (Legacy). I also spent years being a Birth & Postpartum Doula within my small business Sweet Mama Care starting in 1996.
I've been working full-time with the dying since 2009. I've worn many different End Of Life hats over the years. I've supported people professionally as a PCA, Hospice Home Health Aide, Hospice Volunteer, CNA, CNA2, Personal Care Manager, Team Lead on EOL cases, an EOL Doula, Vigil Participant, Death With Dignity Passages Participant, Hospice HHA Trainer and EOL Choices Resource Coordinator.
Please feel free to check out two websites I've created in 2019 so that My People can find me quicker and I can get them connected to the resources they desire.
End Of Life Care Giving, LLC: www.eolcg.com
Resource Website: www.death-n-dying.com
I will be creating an additional website for more traditional long-term clientele. I take on clients needing long-term care in special cases. I'll be specifically highlighting two demographics there: the Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant Recovery work I do and The Queen Bee's (little old ladies 85+) that I absolutely love and adore.
I have an extensive background in the Medical Field, I also have been working as an HCW/PSW, home care worker and personal service worker. PSW has been with Independent NW with Ms. Dana Gardner and HCW through Aging and Disability I wear many hats throughout my work experiences.
I have taken the following training, Grief & Loss, End of Life Care, Working Together with clients, employers, coworkers, internal & external customers within a diverse community, Respiratory Care, Oxygen to Ventilators, Heart Healthy, Medication Safety, Substance Abuse Awareness, Preventing Disease Transmission, Durable Medical Equipment, Diversity Awareness, Working with Challenging Behaviors, Diversity Awareness Challenges Facing LGBT Teens/Adults.
Keeping it Professional Blindness & Low Vision, Bathing & Grooming, Dementia & Alzheimer's (D-A), Diabetes by the Number, Everyone Communicates, Money-wise, Nutrition Basics, Protect Against Sprains & Strains, Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques, Taking Responsibility in Personal Safety, Adult/Child/Infant CPR & AED Certification, Health Care Provider (BLS) + First Aid certificate #1434572676424011.
Cover letter & resume available
Hi, thanks for taking the time to learn a little about me.
Giving care to someone is more like being their greatest advocate, they let me know what they want, need, and can do in their lives and I do my best to achieve this with them. I am very adaptable to follow protocol, or be spontaneous within the allowed guidelines. Safety, respect, listening, assisting are all just basic musts and needs.
I am pretty strong, love exploring or relaxing at home. I enjoy making those in my circle feel cared for and unconditionally accepted, it gives me a peace.
While medical assisting for six years, I noticed a decline in the kind of care for the vulnerable and assisted patients - It weighed so heavy on me that I decided to change careers. I found a new passion for learning about all the diagnosis' I saw in the clinic and how people adapted to living with them daily. I took every hard case on... loving the challenges. I took as many syndromes and specialty needs as I could and that helped me learn how to approach each person as an individual no matter what their challenges were.
All that said, I have many moments that I can say are my favorites, but it comes down to being blessed by those I work for.
I stated earlier I am adaptable, and that means I bring a nice and varied background, but I am more interested in learning about the next person who selects me and how to weave my experiences to make their life better, maybe even fuller.. any way I can.