I love helping people in need, regardless of how little or big the issue.
I have been a Caregiver since the age of 10 when I started babysitting. I am patient, caring, a good listener, compassionate and just enjoy helping people live an easier life.
I enjoy the company of the senior generation, I think they deserve to live a happy, healthy, easier life as they get older, they have earned that privilege and I will do whatever it takes for them to live independently for as long as they are able.
It's not about the money in this profession, it's about caring, compassion and helping those in need.
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. My Dad was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, my mother ill since I was a child. Being subjected to sickness I learned it takes great strength, communication, thoughtfulness, compassion, patience, research, support and good attitude in unfortunate circumstances. Caregiving is not easy, I'm bringing light into someone's day and must make light of challenging situations. The moments of laughter, smiles and gratitude is worth it all. I find joy in companionship through conversation, games and finding activities that are mutually fun and engaging of the mind. It is a vulnerable situation a stranger entering someone's home, I like being personable while maintaining appropriate work ethics to make us all comfortable and at home, I pride myself on getting along with many personality types so long as respect is mutually established. I have genuine interest in learning about others and sharing. I go beyond looking for ways that I can simplify and enhance routines. I can be of great help to the family adopting new ways to sufficiently care, gain knowledge and tools for patients as changes occur. With the right home and patient I can be a valuable caregiver that goes beyond the requirements of the job title. I love that I have the opportunity grow as a person in the growing field of home health care and work with greater standards to be a better example of caregiving should provide.