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Hello and thank you for wanting to learn more about me. I have been caring for those in need intermittently for over 20 years and find a joy in helping individuals while maintaining their dignity. I have cared for a diverse range of individuals with many different needs ranging from assisting with fall risks to hospice. I started care giving when I was 18. I worked with children and young adults who had severe brain damage or physical disabilities. I then started caring for disabled adults through IHSS and eventually left the industry for many different reasons. I always found my way back, though, to work with those who have special needs, either in the administrative aspect or mentoring. Now, after caring for a dear friend, I have found myself wanting to stay in the care giving business once again. Some things I have experience with include ambulation, transfers, feeding and hygiene care, and expect other duties of a general sense to include light housekeeping and cooking. I have worked with individuals who suffer from Dementia, Alzheimer's, strokes, and MS. I tend to learn habits and preferences through observation and communication and try to anticipate my clients needs. For instance, I had a client who did not like her fingernails dirty and preferred to have her hair curled with a little bit of bangs. When she declined to the point of not being able to communicate anymore, I still made sure her fingernails were clean and her hair was curled just how she liked. I also add cognitive stimulation for clients who have Dementia and Alzheimer's and try to keep them engaged in familiar activities. Essentially, my goal is to be able to give the best care possible for the circumstance. I believe patience, kindness, and empathy are key to being a great caregiver. I am also a believer in allowing a client to do as much for themselves as possible for as long as they can.
1, My great grandmother was an apartment and hotel manager who took care of a lady that lived there named Ms Costallo for many many years,when I was 5 Ms Costallo family placed her in a home. I went with my Gram Gram to see Ms Costsilo and there was a elderly lady in the hall her skin was so dry it look like fish scales I asked my Gram gram for my lotion and I put lotion all over her legs ,feet, arms and hands my Gram Gram called me her little care giver I didn't like the way they treated our seniors I told my gram gram I would never let her be there I kept my promise when I was 13 she broke her hip I took care of her for 15 years untill she past away see was 100 years with alzheimer's and dementia I also stared taking care of other seniors at 16 I have been doing this for over 20 years. 2. It makes me feel good when I'm helping our seniors live independent and dignified lives in the comfort of their own home. 3. Learning to drive was a big accomplishment for me. 4. I'm a very compassionate, loving and giving person. I'm a board member of a homeless outreach we cook hot meals and give clothing under the cross town freeway every second saturday of each month, I'm over the food clothing, toys and turkey drive for our needy and homeless families for the hoildays I also am in charge of the menu and buying the food. I take my children to convalescent homes to visit with our seniors during the hoildays we bring cards and candy canes just to see our seniors happy and the look on their face is rewarding to me.