Hello there! Thank your for taking the time to read a little bit about myself. I understand how overwhelming it could be for you and your family at this point. I also understand the emotional rollercoaster you all are enduring at this point trying to find the right fit for your loved one. Are you choosing the right person? Are they trustworthy? Are they reliable? I get it. The transition in itself is hard to accept at times. One minute everything is running smoothly, and the next, you are having to scramble and find help but don't know where to start, don't know if you're doing the right thing.
You will read how many yrs one has been caregiving, how much experience they have. Is it all true? Or are they just making themselves look good so you can pick that one person. One can have all the experience in the world, but have no compassion. I can sit here and tell you how much experience I have and that I've been a CNA for 22 yrs. And I can also tell you that this has been my passion. But how will you know?
Honestly, yes, it's great to know that some of us are telling you the truth about our background. That's what's scary about all this. Having that one, or few, that are actually compassionate about what they do and experience they have. The only way you will know is by meeting them, whether it be in person, or over the phone. Anyone one that is compassionate about their career choice, will stand out by the way they talk about what they do for a living. You will hear the sincerity in their voice and their smile.
Picking the right one (ones) will also make it easy to transition into your new chapter.
I know a "bio" is supposed to be about me, but I just felt I needed to give you some advice on all of this. Take care and good luck!
I love helping people. I am very compassionate to those I serve. I have been a caregiver for over 30 years. I completed my Nurse Assistant Training in 1989. It takes a special person to be a Caregiver. It is essential to be patient and kind, dependable, knowledgeable and SKILLED. It is also necessary to be creative when issues arrive. CPR and First Aid must be required; I have both the skills and certification. I handle emergencies calmly, efficiently, and professionally.
Having a sense of humor is also a plus!
I also enjoy learning about my clients ie, where they were born, where they spent their childhood or went to school, their first job, etc.
It gives me great joy to be a Caregiver, my true calling!
In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, fly fishing, camping, and exploring. I love to read and visit my local county libraries often. I own a cat and have owned dogs.
Growing up in Oregon, I was involved in 4H and FFA and Girl Scouts. I love animals, growing flowers, rock hounding, buying art, attending plays and concerts, and visiting museums. If you're looking for help then this is probably a very stressful time for you and/or your loved one. There is major transition going on -- and some of it might not be welcome.
I want to add to your ease, decrease your burden, make this transition easier.
You're looking for someone to entrust yourself or your loved one with. You probably want someone you can depend on, who's on time, reliable, conscientious, experienced, dedicated, professional, competent. I am.
And I imagine you also want someone who has "soft-skills": intuitive, compassionate, deep listener, empathetic, honest, considerate, patient. That's me too.
Put them together and that means you or your loved one will receive care from someone who can hold compassionate space, listen deeply, respond to needs, anticipate what's needed, while also providing competently for health and daily tasks.
In addition, I respect the people I work with. Too often, people and professionals treat sick, disabled or elderly people as incompetent, invisible or childlike. I talk to them as adults (if they're mentally capable) and people. I ask health professionals to address the person directly, ask their questions to them, and give them eye contact.
I have counseling, facilitating and coaching skills, as well as caring for people with injuries/aging. I am not scared of people being ill on mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual level. I can "hold space" for what comes up. Resparking the will to live after a major life change or physical trauma is something I excel at.
It's a lovely dance to find the balance of inter/dependent, and try not to figuratively "step on toes" finding it.
I am a certified Holistic Healthcare Practitioner from AONH (Association of Natural Health), which means I can often share healthy advice, while also working within the parameters of your current medical team.
With me, you or your loved one is in excellent hands, combined with a compassionate heart, and a bright mind.