When I lived in Tennessee, I cared for an elderly lady who had survived a stroke and was paralyzed on her left side. Each morning, I supported her left side to rise from bed, assisted her in using the bathroom, and help her get settled in the living room. I prepared her breakfast and wheeled her to the table to sit with her as I tore bread for the squirrels and birds she loved to watch. Even on days when we were going nowhere, I still curled and teased her hair, helped her with her makeup, and picked out an outfit she liked. I provided her medications each morning and evening. After I moved to Virginia, we corresponded via writing letters for a while. Ms. B always had a preferred way of doing things, so I served as her natural extension and carried out tasks in the way she would have done them herself.
My favorite part about being a caregiver is the companionship I experienced that was centered around human needs. None of us can make it on our own. I believe sharing information, resources, and service is the only way to thrive as complex humans in a complicated world. I am proud to have honed my dedication and patience through my experiences with Ms. B and look forward to serving others in this way.
I am very passionate about preparing balanced meals with high quality ingredients. My educational background is in clinical psychology and nutrition--I have read multiple studies linking pesticide exposure to the diagnosis and progression of neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Additionally, the Standard American Diet has been demonstrated in scientific literature to contribute significantly to chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. Considering this, I do not feel it is within my ethical boundaries to consistently serve unhealthy food to a client, for doing so would not truly qualify as caregiving.