When my mother was ill, I was the one she would call to make her scrambled eggs. I took her to the swimming pool and hot tub to get exercise and relaxation. I cut her hair, took her to doctor's appointments and then lunch, and generally gave her some companionship. As I dusted her knickknacks, she told me where each was from. Mom died in 2002. When dad was ailing, some of my family tried to move him into assisted living, but he wanted to stay in his own home. I gave up my apartment and moved in with him, while working in publishing during the day. We had a great time together for a year and a half. Just after he died, I lost my job because I had spent too much time with dad. That evening, the daughter of a neighbor I'd assisted over the years called me, asking if I could help her mother. That began years of caregiving in which I have helped people stay in their homes, and enjoy life. I've brought my keyboard and played hymns and popular songs, singing with them and laughing.
As a caregiver, I am simply happy to help my people stay in their own familiar setting. I believe the way I interact with them makes them happy. And my cooking makes them extremely happy! I built my cooking experience on my mom's, then learned to cook for fewer than 8 people! I edited three "Taste of the Country" cookbooks, working with a professional dietician who taught me many ways to fit dietary needs while providing tasty food.
My zodiac sign is a Cancer which by definition means that I am caring and empathetic. Fulfilling my clients needs and ensuring their safety are the two most important things that make me feel accomplished on a daily basis. I am calm, patient, understanding, and am always smiling, which makes my clients feel relaxed and comfortable when they are around me. I am also well organized, energetic, responsible and neat. I treat my clients with respect and compassion.
Quite often, with a new client I am able to very quickly create an atmosphere of friendship and trust due to the fact that I am always personable and open with them.
I like to care for others and do housework. It gives me a lot of satisfaction and a sense of fulfillment when I feel that I am truly needed.
My greatest and most proud achievements are when I am able to get a client to joke around with me, smile, laugh, and forget about all of their ailments, doctors, and prescriptions. Smiles and softheartedness are also good medicine.