Diamond tier

Karen M.

$15.00 / hr

Shawnee Mission, KS

About Karen

I am a happy and funny person,upbeat,like to sing. I am sensitive and listen well. I can usually come up with good ideas on making something easier to do or more efficient. I'm gentle. What attracted me to home care was all my family and friends telling me how good I would be at it. So tried it with a part time help with a lady with dementia/alzheimer's, her daughter saw how great I was with her mother and hired me full time. From there I learned so much.She would get confused sometimes angry even sad, we worked together to figure it out, her and I . That's where compassion and patience comes in. I Started taking care of a child w/cerebral palsy part time as well. What I enjoy about being a caregiver is knowing I'm helping someone's life to be a little easier,keeping them comfortable and hopefully a little laughter and a smile is really great. Knowing I have made a difference means a great deal. I have had many great achievements in this line of work. One of them was when a client was starting to have a stroke, I caught it quickly and my training from several weeks back with the Red Cross on Abuse and Neglect, First Aid and CPR came rushing back and I just went into action. Once the ambulance was there and one of the other employees told them all I did, They said I did everything right! I did a good job! Wow,that felt great and was thankful I somehow remembered all I had learned. I didn't even realize what I had done till I heard them saying it, but most of all, she(my client) was ok. I have worked with 6-7 different senior's and 3 young adults within last ten years. I have gone through drug screening and willing to again for any client your cost. That sums up some of me,any questions let me know.

Caregiving Services & Expertise

Services

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

Job Interests

  • Part Time

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
  • Cardiovascular Disorders
  • COPD
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Home Health Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Orthopedic Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Vision and Eye Disorders
  • Senior Care
  • Elder Care
  • Home Care

Languages

  • English

Experience & Education

Johnson County Community College

Jan 1981 - Present
Shawnee Mission, KS
Jan 1981 - Present

Residential House Manager

Jun 2014 - Dec 2017
Willow Tree Supports Inc.
Foster open and supportive communication with all staff that work in the home. Manage individual records and ensure that documentation by staff is correct and meets guidelines. Review medical documentation of individuals to ensure medical, medication and health issues are being monitored appropriately. Monitor food preparation and storage. Monitor the house cleanliness and safety of home. I would cook all dinner meals some breakfast and lunch. I also would make meals for breakfast and dinners for freezer meals for easier prep for others. Put together healthy menus and post weekly menu for house. Plus so many other things there is to do when you run a house, help with choirs ,made sure they did their chores and had my own set of chores. I was very proud when I was told we had the best running house in their company of five house's.
Jun 2014 - Dec 2017

Care giver

Jan 2012 - Apr 2014
Private Sector - Personal Health Care -I have references for all family's I've worked for.
Helped get ready in the morning and bed in the evening made lunch and dinner, cleaned around house made sure husband did not get into things he wasn't suppose to or be destructive. Took to doctors appt. Out to activities, played cards,bingo,colored together, I tried to think of fun things ,craftwise, we or he could do. Help with walker. Address personal care, hygiene and bed care needs, respectfully. Plus many other things. Was there to the very end Helped with hospice, gave meds helped turn,kept clean and changed.
Jan 2012 - Apr 2014
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