Crystal E.
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Diamond

$22.00 / hr

I love caring for and helping people of all ages and have specialized most recently in eldercare. I am outgoing, kind and thoughtful. I became a professional care provider after caring for my own mother during her final years with dementia and Alzheimer's. In working with clients/patients, I enjoy having conversations, reading to them, making them laugh and smile, and making them feel well-attended to and loved. I enjoy sharing their interests with them in an active way, be it listening to music, the arts, watching films or special TV programming. I enjoy assisting with visits to and from friends and f amily, taking them to religious services or other outings. Am skilled at making sure clients get enough movement and activity as their capacity and situation allows. I love to cook, and am known for my excellent culinary skills. I have an excellent driving record and can be counted on to solve problems and handle emergencies. I am most proud of the wonderful, warm and lasting relationships I have maintained with the families of the people I care for. I look forward to caring for your loved ones! ... more

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Caregiver, Companion, Home Health Aid

Crystal Ettridge Home Health Aid, Caregiver and Companion

Jan 2015 - Present

Experienced with Alzheimer's, dementia and cancer patients, stroke survivors, as well as those recovering from surgery. I have assisted with daily needs as well as speech/occupational/physical therapy. I help and encourage patients to maintain as much independence, dignity and quality of life as possible, while managing their care, including bathing and toilet facilities, grooming, dressing, grocery shopping and meal preparation (I am a published gourmet cook), medication management, light housekeeping, driving, pet care, exercising, errands, and acting as patient liaison. I aim to meet each patient's individualized needs and desires. I love helping people and making sure they feel respected, appreciated, loved and cared for and secure. Prior to caring for my own mother who suffered from increasing Alzheimer's, I had an entrepreneurial and academic background. I speak French. I love being a mother and have raised four children who have had special needs grow to become responsible, capable and successful adults. I have also worked with hundreds of Veterans as an assigned volunteer at special events held by Veterans Affairs. I have also been hired as a photojournalist by VA to cover national and international celebrations honoring Veterans. I am reliable and capable of all manner of caregiver responsibilities. I look forward to sharing my abilities while caring for your loved ones. ... more

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Freelance Photographer and Public Relations consultant

Crystal Ettridge Photography and Public Relations

May 2009 - Present

Freelance photographer, photojournalist, producer, and PR consultant. Emphasis on arts advocacy, portraiture, and travel photography. Assignments include several programs for disabled Veterans via special events and commemorations, as well as producing the coverage and content for the 65th and 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Omaha Beach, Normandy. Worked as the translator and cultural liaison for the VA media team and ha ndled all public relations and interactions with public and private entities. Published in VA magazines, Veterans special interest groups and public, VA and other social media TV and VA Facebook home page. Held Cover photo for VA Facebook page for over eight years with over 8,000 views, comments and "Likes." ... more

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New Media Consultant

Crystal Ettridge Interactive / The Net Works

Jul 1993 - Dec 1999

New Media Consultant, specializing in online and CD-ROM business development. As a marketing consultant for emerging development houses, responsible for direction and implementation of clients' interactive production services, with an emphasis on interactive entertainment, education, advertising, marketing and merchandising, as well as the creation of consumer titles. Concentration on development of original interactive concepts, i dentifying appropriate content holders and subcontractors, as well as recruiting exclusive production, design and technical talent. Major account relationships included The Discovery Channel, Microsoft, National Geographic, 3DO, Panasonic Software, Cronkite Ward, Price Waterhouse, Ernst & Young, Inc. Magazine, AOL, McGraw Hill amongst others. Billings amounted to $500,000 within the first six months including a breakthrough partnership for client with The Discovery Channel, developing ongoing multimedia CD-ROM and other edutainment products. Expanded sales into packaging, promotion. 2nd quarter contracts exceeded $1,000,000. Esablished customer service model embracing proactive approach to client development, emphasizing full-service relationship, cross-selling integrated line of creative services. ... more

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Founder and COO

Temps & Co.

Aug 1982 - Oct 1999

Co-founded and ran Administrative temporary personnel to Fortune 500 companies, International Organizations, Law Firms, and NGOs. Developed structure for companies growth to fourteen branches in the mid-Atlantic region and to being recognized as one of America's Fast Growing Companies of the INC 500 list at 38 the first year, remaining on the list for an additional two years as the company went through rapid expansion. Managed dire ct staff of over 300 and temporary staff of 35,000 annually. Annualized billings increased to over the $60,000 within ten years. Responsibilities included sales and operations management, marketing, PR and media relations. Started non-profit charitable giving organization for the companies profits to share and support community needs. Hired and trained permanent staff for all branches. Established International Bi-Lingual Division to service the specialized needs of international organizations, which became the most successful and profitable segment in the company's history. Formulated business plans, marketing objectives, and profitability goals. ... more

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Fulbright Scholar

The International Fulbright Commission

Sep 1981 - Jun 1982

Selected as one of approximately 50 international Fulbright Scholars to participate in a diplomatic educational exchange program with France. While attending university, duties included 20 hours a week of working as the English Language Teach Assistant at prominent Lycees across France. Independent studies and research were also conducted in Paris, France.

Education
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Corcoran College of Art and Design

Photography (Fine Art and Photojournalism)

2005 - 2010

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George Washington University; The Elliott School

International Affairs and Economics; Philosophy

1978 - 1981

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La Sorbonne Université de Paris

French language and literature; cultural studies

1972 - 1973

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CareAcademy courses on CareLinx

Apr 2019: Being a Professional Caregiver on CareLinx

Apr 2019: Assisting with Bathing

Apr 2019: CareLinx 101

Apr 2019: Assisting with Independent Living Through IADLs

Apr 2019: Assisting with Personal Care Through ADLs

Apr 2019: CareLinx: United Healthcare Training for Caregivers

Apr 2019: Communicating with Older Adults

Apr 2019: Introduction to Dementia Care

Apr 2019: CareLinx: Genesis Care Transitions Training for Caregivers

Apr 2019: Emergency Procedures

Apr 2019: Gastrointestinal Issues: Heartburn, Constipation & Diarrhea

Apr 2019: Maintaining a Clean & Healthy Environment (Infection Control)

Apr 2019: Carelinx: Medicare Fraud, Waste, and Abuse and General Compliance Trainings

Apr 2019: Light Housekeeping Techniques

Apr 2019: Managing Breathing Difficulties

Apr 2019: Overview of Cancer Care

Apr 2019: Modifying Diets to Assist with Difficulty Chewing

Apr 2019: Obesity & Weight Management

Apr 2019: Safety Precautions & Falls Prevention: Part 1

Apr 2019: Safety Precautions & Falls Prevention: Part 2

Apr 2019: Overview of End of Life Care

Apr 2019: Overview of Heart Disease Care

Apr 2019: Overview of Mobility & Safety Equipment

Apr 2019: Overview of Nutrition & Food Preparation

Apr 2019: Parkinson’s Disease Dementia

Apr 2019: Professionalism: Communication, Problem Solving & Cultural Competency

Apr 2019: Clients' Rights, HIPAA & Elder Abuse Prevention