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Cynthia C.

Cynthia C.

$11.00 / hr

Cedar Rapids, IA

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About Cynthia

My role as a caregiver initially started when I was 17. My Grandmother broke her hip and I lived with her to help her live independently in her own home again. This was not a paid position but one out of love and respect for my grandmother. 13 years later she was my Maid of honor, danced down the aisle at my wedding, at the age of 87. I've always enjoyed working with people in various stages of their lives. About 4 years ago, I became very ill and after 3 hospitalizations, I was transferred to a nursing home for a month. I had to learn to walk again. That experience reminded me of seeing various emotions of my grandmother when I was 17. However, this time it was me that was in her shoes, except I was at the mercy of strangers. I now understood the roller coaster of emotions that my grandmother verbalized. I made many friends in my stay at the nursing home. It was actually very sad when I left. My friends I made there wanted me to stay and work there....both clients and staff. That was when I decided to become a caregiver to help others continue to live independently in their own homes. I love what I do. I know my clients enjoy my presence in their lives. And that feeling has no price tag.

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
  • Overnight
  • Weekend Live-In
  • 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
  • Cancer Recovery
  • Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Home Health Care
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Senior Care
  • Elder Care
  • Home Care

Languages

  • English

Experience & Education

Home health aide

Feb 2016 - Present
Always Best Care
Provide in-home services for individuals with various disabilities. Duties include budgeting, personal cares, errands, transportation to Dr. Appointments, cooking and cleaning.
Feb 2016 - Present

Paraprofessional

Nov 2006 - Jun 2014
Cedar Rapids School District
Assist BD students in a program with Cedar Rapids School District who has a collaborative contract with St. lukes Hospital. Duties include using techniques to promote, model positive behaviors in and out of the classroom, teach, supervise,and documentation.
Nov 2006 - Jun 2014

Coordinator

Sep 1997 - Sep 1999
Systems Unlimited Inc
Supervise 8 locations in Benton, Johnson, and Washington County for individuals with disabilities. Coordinate/implement behavior plans, tasks analysis, IEP and IPP plans for individuals. Monitor medicaid/medicare billing vs staff hours. Responsible for staff evaluations, interviewing, hiring, and disciplinary actions.
Sep 1997 - Sep 1999

Coordinator

Jan 1995 - Sep 1997
Opportunities B. C.
Responsible for a collaborative grant with Vocational Rehabilitation, DHS, and Opportunities B. C. Responsible for hiring, training, evaluating, job coaches. Meet with businesses with the objective to encourage employers the benefits of hiring employees with various disabilities.
Jan 1995 - Sep 1997

Loras College

Jan 1990 - Jan 1992
Dubuque, IA
Jan 1990 - Jan 1992

John A Logan College

Jan 1984 - Jan 1986
Carterville, IL
Jan 1984 - Jan 1986
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