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Maria F.

Maria F.

$15.00 / hr

Wichita, KS

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About Maria

I have been a caregiver for over 10 years and have found it to be the most rewarding and enjoyable position I've held. I very much enjoy connecting one on one with people and I get a great sense of happiness knowing that I am directly helping a person who needs my help. I have been described as extremely patient and calm, and I find that those traits greatly help my ability to be a good caregiver. When people begin to age and/or their health deteriorates, life generally moves at a slower pace for them. Their ability to move quickly and to think quickly declines and it is very important for caregivers to be patient with them. That is something that comes naturally for me. I have learned how to balance the tasks of offering the person my physical help, and my companionship. I recognize that companionship is a very important part of this job! As far as the physical help I offer to my clients (cleaning, meal prep, toileting, grocery shopping, etc...) I am not one to sit idle. There is always something to be done around a home and, rather than watch tv (unless that's what the client wants me to do now and then!) or play on my cell phone, I will happily do them. Growing up with a mother who always cooked meals from scratch, I learned a great deal about cooking. I love to cook and bake, and am always up for making good, healthy meals from scratch. Whether I'm assisting my clients while they work in the kitchen, or doing the bulk of the cooking myself, I am great in the kitchen and love to provide great food for my clients. I can offer very satisfied reference, whether they come from the families of past clients or from fellow caregivers I've worked beside in the past. I am flexible schedule-wise and am used to the flexibility that is necessary to work with a rotating team of caregivers.

Caregiving Services & Expertise

Services

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

Job Interests

  • Part Time
  • Overnight

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
  • COPD
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Hearing Disorders
  • Home Health Care
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Post Surgery Recovery
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Vision and Eye Disorders
  • Senior Care
  • Elder Care
  • Home Care

Languages

  • English

Experience & Education

House Manager

Jan 2018 - Nov 2018
Virginia Fabian
Medication reminders, all personal care (bathing, dressing, toileting, bedtime, hair, make-up, etc...) transportation to/from appointments, meal prep, feeding, transfers. Hiring of additional caregivers. 24/7 scheduling of all caregivers once team was assembled. Light house cleaning. Personal companionship (which was very important to both of us): talking, looking at photo albums, watching her favorite tv shows and movies both at home and in theater once in a while, lunch or dinner out on occasion, etc... I like to build a friendship with my clients so that they can feel comfortable having me in their home.
Jan 2018 - Nov 2018

Caregiver

May 2017 - May 2018
Sharon Wiens
Assistance with running household (everything from scheduling and meeting maintenance people to picking up and dropping off dry cleaning). Meal prep, aide with walking (because of a stroke she is not able to walk on her own), aide with exercise and a balance class at Newton's YMCA, transportation to/from appointments and social events, meal prep, assistance baking. Overnight stays on occasion. Housekeeping and some yard/outdoor work. Personal companionship (which was very important to both of us): talking, listening to her favorite music, lunch or dinner out on occasion, baking together, doing projects (like holiday decorating) around her home, etc... I like to build a friendship with my clients so that they can feel comfortable having me in their home.
May 2017 - May 2018

Caregiver

Jan 2014 - Apr 2016
Kathy Claver
Medication reminders, all personal care (bathing, dressing, toileting, bedtime, hair, make-up, etc...) transportation to/from appointments, meal prep, feeding, transfers. Overnight stays once a week or more. Light house cleaning (and sometimes not so light!). Personal companionship (which was very important to both of us): talking, playing cards when possible, listening to her favorite music, lunch or dinner out on occasion, etc... I like to build a friendship with my clients so that they can feel comfortable having me in their home.
Jan 2014 - Apr 2016

Wichita State University

Jan 2012 - Jan 2014
Wichita, KS
Jan 2012 - Jan 2014

Caregiver

Jan 2010 - Oct 2011
Dr. Ruth Taylor
Medication reminders, all personal care (bathing, dressing, toileting, bedtime, etc...) transportation to/from appointments, meal prep, transfers. Light house cleaning (and sometimes not so light!). Personal companionship (which was very important to both of us): talking, playing cards when possible, reading her and her late husbands medical works and publications, etc... I like to build a friendship with my clients so that they can feel comfortable having me in their home.
Jan 2010 - Oct 2011

Bishop Carroll High School

Jan 1990 - Jan 1994
Wichita, KS
Jan 1990 - Jan 1994
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