Nicole C.
3 Reviews
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$20.00 / hr

Caring for others is a calling and a passion that comes from my heart. I have over 12 years of experience in specialized care for seniors, including varying levels of dementia. I constantly strive to find the fine balance in caregiving between respecting others' personal space (as well as their homes, routines, rhythms, needs, and their independence) while providing them the care they need. Alzheimer's and dementia clients thrive from one-on-one attention and activities catered to them. Their moods may fluctuate from being kind, helpful, and active, to erratic, confused, and mistrustful, to napping or even playing 'possum'. I am very patient, compassionate, empathetic, and have good creative problem-solving skills to help deal with more complicated personalities and situations. I gained a lot of experience with my father who has Alzheimer's for the past 20 years. My last job included transitioning an active but failing client from her home of 45 years to assisted living near her daughter, 200 miles away. For over three years, I cared for a neighbor doing home dialysis. Five years working in nursing homes were eye-opening. I gained valuable experience but never had enough time to give the residents the attention they needed and deserved. Nursing home systems don't have enough time for personal attention - for most of them it's quantity over quality. I have an international up-bringing which helps me fit in almost anywhere. I speak English and picked up some Argentine Spanish along the way. I have wonderful references, a strong work ethic, and am a patient nurturer. I enjoy being organized, am reliable, find things to do to stay busy, and take pride in a job well done. Personal home care is priceless and ensures specialized care for our loved ones, in the manner they deserve. I will work with you with price. I hope you consider me to help you care for your loved one your way. ... more

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Caregiver

Carelinx

Mar 2018 - Jul 2018

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Caregiver

Ashley McNeal

Jun 2016 - Jul 2017

Forged a strong relationship with Mother to help her with her daily needs. We would take regular walks, do yard work, clean her home, I'd make meals when hunger struck, was a constant companion, and a close friendship was built to create a supportive and safe environment. I'd drive her to appointments, friends houses, meals out, parks, shows, movies, shopping, and any other things that came up that she wanted to do. When her fami ly was ready to bring her closer to them, I helped ensure a smooth transition with packing, sorting, and lengthy discussions to comfort her with all the new changes. ... more

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Personal Care Assistant

Mr. Joswick

Apr 2013 - Jun 2016

Weekly cleaning included changing bed sheets, vacuuming, laundry, kitchen: load/unload dishwasher, clean stove top, sweep and wash floors, and sweep outside areas monthly or as needed. These were the basic perimeters but it was flexible. Home dialysis included prepping the bags (removing from outer bags), restocking supplies, setting bags up for easy usage (up to 4 days), and helping as needed. Organizing projects were planned tog ether and we would work together as much as his energy allowed. Sorting and organizing closets, hobby projects, desks, cabinets, and even rearranging furnisher for easier access and use. Holiday preparations included setting up Christmas tree, ornament hanging, and creating a festive atmosphere. Wrapping gifts, writing cards, and checking the list, twice. Driving to doctors appointments, grocery stores, restaurants, and even to friends homes to visit. Sometimes socializing over dinner and watching movies. All days were a bit different, depending on what needed to be tended to. ... more

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Activity Assistant

Life Care Center of Sarasota

Nov 2011 - May 2014

Responsibilities: Planned, coordinated, organized and conducted activities including exercise, socials, arts and crafts, movies, games, entertainment, outings, educational and spiritual programs to benefit the physical and mental well being of all residents. • Instigated Wii Golf and Bowling for evening activities and as requested by residents • Prepared, organized, and updated monthly calendars and posted them in each room • Completed daily attendance logs and ‘one on one’ book • Assisted with voter registration and absentee ballots during elections • Served and ordered ice cream and supplies for the Ice Cream Parlor • Facilitated volunteer cooperation and updated seasonal decoration changes • Ensured residents felt ‘at home’, going above and beyond expectations ... more

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Assistant Manager

Beads. FOB

Sep 2010 - Nov 2011

Responsibilities: Open and close store, ensure great customer service, restocking, pricing needs, jewelry repairs, reorganizing stock room, maintaining store cleanliness, suggestive selling, and merchandizing.

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Activity Assistant

The Springs at Lake Pointe

Aug 2009 - Jan 2010

Responsibilities: Conduct and organize activities such as socials, arts and crafts, popcorn and movies, various mind games, musical entertainment, and special outings. As a team we assessed the needs and interests of all residents, then planned various programs to benefit their physical and mental well-being, their requests and interests. This included educational and spiritual programs for all residents including those confined to bed. • Created a fun, safe, and welcoming environment for permanent and short-term residents • Played Uno game, Bingo, Jackpot, card games and cooking class • Highlighted Socials: Wine and Cheese Party, High Tea, and favored music programs • Introduced Comedy Hour, Games Galore, and Intro to Computers for Seniors • Taught Wii Bowling and Golf programs and coordinated craft and sewing classes • Kept daily records of resident participation and any personal issues ... more

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Activity Assistant

Life Care Center of Sarasota

Jul 2008 - Aug 2009

Responsibilities: Planned, coordinated, organized and conducted activities including exercise, socials, arts and crafts, movies, games, entertainment, outings, educational and spiritual programs to benefit the physical and mental well being of all residents. • Instigated Wii Golf and Bowling for evening activities and as requested by residents • Prepared, organized, and updated monthly calendars and posted them in each room • Completed daily attendance logs and ‘one on one’ book • Assisted with voter registration and absentee ballots during elections • Served and ordered ice cream and supplies for the Ice Cream Parlor • Facilitated volunteer cooperation and updated seasonal decoration changes • Ensured residents felt ‘at home’, going above and beyond expectations • Still visiting regularly with residents and their families, keeping in touch ... more

Certifications / Licenses
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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Education
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Fashion Design

1988 - 1990 Atlanta GA

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CareAcademy courses on CareLinx

Apr 2018: Communications: Cultural Competency

Apr 2018: Communicating With Older Adults

Mar 2018: Overview of Mobility & Safety Equipment Copy

Feb 2018: Being a Professional Caregiver on CareLinx

Mar 2018: Assisting with Bathing

Feb 2018: Nutrition, Food Prep & Meals For Professional Caregivers

Apr 2018: Light Housekeeping For Professional Caregivers

Reviews and Recommendations
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Ray C.
Jul 2018
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Thank you Nicole

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Julie S.
Jul 2018
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Thank you for all your help! We are forever grateful 💕.

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Erika K.
May 2018
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Great to meet you in person! Thanks for being with us during graduation.