Desmond L.

$20.00 / hr

Beltsville, MD

About Desmond

I have become a care giver because of my need to give back. My mother died of cancer when i was seven months old and my grand mother took care of me till my father remarried when I was six years old. She was very affectionate and loving towards me and I have always been fond of older people since. Back home in Sierra Leone I was the grand son who always visited the older family members and did all the chores they could no longer handle. Such as fetch water for their baths, clean their commodes,do their laundry, when i was old enough, help them cook or cook for them. Thus they always helped me out with pocket money. Mostly I like the feeling at the end of the day of having made someone more comfortable and feeling that old age is not a curse. I leave them with the feeling that there is still someone the can trust. I leave them with a smile on there face. It is a good feeling on my part to think that I am dependable even around the less palatable tasks. A personal achievement I am proud off is taking nursing classes at 53 years old and passing the NCLEX boards on the first attempt. I am 53 years old but look and feel like I am 36 years old. I love to dance, cook, clean, jog, ride my bikes and my motor cycle. I also love gardening. I am married with two daughters 22 and 17 respectively. My older daughter graduated from Temple university in in Philadelphia and now works and lives on her own. my younger daughter is in her senior year in high school.

Caregiving Services & Expertise

Services

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

Job Interests

    Caregivers that work non-full-time jobs or irregular shifts can negotiate extra compensation in addition to their standard hourly wage.

    Skills & Expertise

    • ALS
    • Alzheimer's Disease
    • Blood Disorders
    • Cancer Recovery
    • Cardiovascular Disorders
    • Diabetes
    • Gastrointestinal Disorders
    • Hospice Care
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Neurological Disorders
    • Orthopedic Care
    • Parkinson's Disease
    • Post Surgery Recovery
    • Renal and Urological Disorders
    • Respiratory Disorders
    • Stroke
    • Senior Care
    • Elder Care
    • Home Care

    Languages

    • English

    Experience & Education

    Prince Georges Community College

    Jan 2013 - Aug 2014
    Jan 2013 - Aug 2014

    Float Phlebotomist

    May 2010 - Sep 2011
    Quest Diagnostics
    Open assigned clinic. Check that all specimens of the previous day had been picked up. check all prescriptions from physicians tallied with test that were ordered and call physician or the lab to make corrections if needed. Stock op booths if they were not already. Generally prepare the clinic to start with no baggage from the previous day. Maintain inventory, draw blood from patients with difficult veins, cleanup as I work, prepare specimens for pickup, accession specimens,and be prepared to go to another clinic at a moment's notice.
    May 2010 - Sep 2011

    Off-Site Phlebotomist

    Jan 2001 - Oct 2009
    Suburban Hospital
    Go to different nursing homes in the early am to draw blood and pick up laboratory samples. Accession them at the hospital, Register patients order requested tests, spin blood and prepare them for tests to be done. Clean up as I work prepare samples for pick up, go to home bound patients to get blood urine or stool samples, draw hard to get patients both in the hospital and in out patient. General cleaning and stocking at the end of the day.
    Jan 2001 - Oct 2009

    Concorde Career Institute

    Sep 1991 - Jul 1992
    Sep 1991 - Jul 1992

    Concorde Career Institute

    Sep 1991 - Jul 1992
    Sep 1991 - Jul 1992
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