Caregiving is a second career for me and one I have returned to after my 18 year career with Home Depot as an assistant manager. My license and certifications are listed below and I have been actively caregiving again since January 2016. Being a great caregiver has been very rewarding for me and is one of the most important things I do. My first job as a caregiver was many years ago when I was still in highschool and college. I can still remember with fondness the names and stories of many I cared for. I remember because I truly enjoyed getting to know them and they all touched my heart in so many special ways. I am compassionate and empathetic by nature. I have a special interest in memory care and feel providing a secure and loving environment where clients can feel safe, loved and have the ability to thrive and remain as active as possible is of the most importance. I have experience with dementia/Alzheimer's, chronic illness, medication assistance, medication detox, gait disturbances, recovery from surgery and rebuilding strength and abilities afterward. I strive to understand the specific needs of each client and support them emotionally and physically to achieve their full potential. I am reliable, patient and conscientious. I like to cook and prepare healthy "tasty" meals and I like to care for pets too! I have been around animals my entire life and truly enjoy helping clients care for their pets. I feel it is important for us all to stay connected to friends and family and stay as physically active as possible doing the activities we enjoy. I try to incorporate some type of daily exercise for each client whether it be walking outside when weather permits, the gym or simple stretching and strengthening for those who are disabled.Licensed Nursing Assistant and Certified Assisted Living Caregiver. CPR, AED and Basic First Aid Certification. Article 9, Food Handler Certification and Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card.