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Hourly wage is negotiable I decided to become a caregiver because of my grandmother. As far back as I can remember she was a home health aide, I enjoyed watching her interact with her patients and making them feel comfortable. After watching my grandmother interact with her patients, i decided to try out the caregiver/assisted living/geriatric world in 2005, where i fell in love with the industry. I have been a caregiver for geriatrics and mental health for up to 10 years and have always enjoyed it. I have worked with patients that have all stages of Alzheimer's and dementia, including sun-downers, also patients with MS and ALS. With all patients, i like to get to know the family and help them understand and cope with Alzheimer's disease as well as MS and ALS and other diagnoses, which all can be very hard for some families to cope and understand. Not only do i care and look after the patient and their needs, but i also look after and care for the families. Because although, they are not being cared for by the aides, they too still need help at times. I am always there for the families for a shoulder to cry, a venting board, or just when they need help out or around the house. I do not only do my specific job duties, i do things that are not asked of me, i treat your home like i do mine. When i see that something needs to be done, i take it upon myself to complete that task. For example, dishes in the sink, dusting, trash overflowing, or helping a family member with something. I have assisted with assembling an entertainment center before, just to be a helping hand.
I have always had a deep love for people and their well-being. I hate to see anyone suffer or have to be alone. Being a caregiver is something that has always come natural to me. When I was only 13 years old, my grandmother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, and because this news so greatly devastated my family, I felt like I needed to be the one to stay strong and make sure she was cared for. My parents, aunts, and uncles needed to work more hours to pay medical bills, so I was the only one with enough time to properly care for my grandmother. A couple of years later, my grandfather was diagnosed with COPD. He was bed-ridden and had to stay hooked up to oxygen 24 hours/day. For 2 years I cared for both of them until my grandfather's disease took him. 1 year later my grandmother passed away, as well. Losing them was the hardest thing I have ever had to go through. Not long after losing them, my mother was diagnosed with brittle Type 1 Diabetes, and I knew I needed to take care of her. I moved to Texas from Missouri so I could care for her from the comfort of her own home. She is doing so well now, and I have no doubt that she will live many more years. Though the tasks involved in being a caregiver are trying at times, it is important to understand that the patient is going through much more. It is so important to make sure the patient remains as dignified as possible and doesn't lose who they are. I would love to gain a new friend!