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Melissa T.

Melissa T.

$15.00 / hr

Palm Harbor, FL

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About Melissa

**I adopted a newborn in 2013 with my husband and we each had to complete a nationwide FBI federal background check which I will be happy to provide to a hiring family. You may contact me directly if you would prefer at twoweeks@gmail.com** Initially, I lived away from my Mom when she needed a care provider to come to her home and help her with everyday living. I remember how difficult it was to find someone that she would trust to help her with bathing, dressing and even allowing "a stranger" to touch her laundry. But we didn't want to send her to an assisted living facility, basically because the one we could afford was not one we wanted our Mom to spend the rest of her days in. Hiring an hourly caregiver seemed ideal. After my Mom passed away, the opportunity to care for a senior in my area who was suffering from dementia came along. The family was having a difficult time finding someone who their Mom (the patient) liked, their father liked and the immediate family. I had the privilege of working for this family for over 2 years and in a sense became an extension of their family. I provided daily care for their Mom, with dignity, professionalism and friendship. I did all aspects of care from bathing to dressing and meal prep. I'll never forget her, she was an amazing woman. When I care for an aging individual I will always keep my Mom in my mind and treat them with the same respect and honesty that I would want for my own parents. Keeping the family involved and informed are of utmost importance to me. I enjoy the work and really enjoy the reward as I feel seniors have so much to offer.

Caregiving Services & Expertise

Services

  • Bathing
  • Dressing & Grooming
  • Toileting
  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Prep
  • Groceries & Shopping
  • Transferring & Mobility
  • Exercise
  • Transportation
  • Housekeeping
  • Companionship

Job Interests

  • Part Time
  • Short Term
  • 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
  • COPD
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Hearing Disorders
  • 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
  • Vision and Eye Disorders
  • Senior Care
  • Elder Care
  • Home Care

Languages

  • English

Experience & Education

Cargiver

Apr 2011 - May 2017
Private Home Health Caregiver
Specializing in Memory Care (Dementia, Alzheimer’s) Began caring for my own mother and continued to care for two additional seniors, all experiencing some level of dementia. My experience includes: • consistent communication with physicians and specialists regarding care, follow-up care, medication changes and providing medical documentation to the family; appointment management • worked with Medicare and Medicaid to ensure benefits were paid and utilized • detailed documentation and communication with family • medication management; strong experience with renal care, cancer care and brittle bone • meal planning, cooking, meeting any nutritional or dietary needs/restrictions • transportation to/from medical appointments and other outings; attendance of medical appointments, hospital admissions and discharges • creating a daily routine to include brain games like puzzles, paint-by-numbers, physical activity like walking the mall, the neighborhood or even the backyard • daily living needs such as bathing, shaving, brushing hair and teeth, dressing and putting on shoes, socks, hats and basic grooming needs • hobbies and crafts; having chats about their favorite subjects, places visited, and so-on but encouraging conversations and memory recall
Apr 2011 - May 2017

Countryside High School

Jan 1981 - Jan 1985
Clearwater, FL
Jan 1981 - Jan 1985
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