Hello and thank you for wanting to learn more about me. I have been caring for those in need intermittently for over 20 years and find a joy in helping individuals while maintaining their dignity. I have cared for a diverse range of individuals with many different needs ranging from assisting with fall risks to hospice. I started care giving when I was 18. I worked with children and young adults who had severe brain damage or physical disabilities. I then started caring for disabled adults through IHSS and eventually left the industry for many different reasons. I always found my way back, though, to work with those who have special needs, either in the administrative aspect or mentoring. Now, after caring for a dear friend, I have found myself wanting to stay in the care giving business once again.
Some things I have experience with include ambulation, transfers, feeding and hygiene care, and expect other duties of a general sense to include light housekeeping and cooking. I have worked with individuals who suffer from Dementia, Alzheimer's, strokes, and MS. I tend to learn habits and preferences through observation and communication and try to anticipate my clients needs. For instance, I had a client who did not like her fingernails dirty and preferred to have her hair curled with a little bit of bangs. When she declined to the point of not being able to communicate anymore, I still made sure her fingernails were clean and her hair was curled just how she liked. I also add cognitive stimulation for clients who have Dementia and Alzheimer's and try to keep them engaged in familiar activities.
Essentially, my goal is to be able to give the best care possible for the circumstance. I believe patience, kindness, and empathy are key to being a great caregiver. I am also a believer in allowing a client to do as much for themselves as possible for as long as they can.
Valley Springs, CA
I am a compassionate, outgoing and caring person that loves to serve the needs of others, especially the elderly. I am a believer, and have a servants heart. There is so much about care giving that I love. Shining light in an otherwise dark environment ,Listening to their stories of the good old days, Reading to people that no longer can focus well. Playing music from their generation, I love sharing my personal adventures, about my days off with them. Show pictures of hikes I've taking with my husband, or things that I have baked. Oh yes, Love to cook. Healthy meals. I will always keep my clients personal hygiene at its best. Assist them with oral care, hair care, shaving etc. I always promote independence and dignity and respect. I will treat your loved one the way I would want mine to be treated. with 100% devotion to their every need. What attracted me to being a care giver is the enormous need in our country today, I cared for my own grandmother in her 90's, and realized there is just not enough of us out there. I love bringing people Joy as well is receiving joy from them. Having been a caregiver to my late Mother for many years, and often, around the clock, I know all that this rewarding experience involved, but also how critical it was to have time to myself in order to decompress and re-charge. So, one of my goals as a caregiver is to give much-needed respite to loved ones. However, because I purely enjoy meeting the needs of others, particularly seniors and the disabled, this is a perfect career choice in which to do this.
I believe I possess a few qualities that make this an excellent field for me to work in. First and foremost, I am *passionate* about helping and giving to others. But thanks in large part to my Mom, I am also a conscientious, compassionate, honest and trustworthy, well-organized and detail-oriented woman (who loves to laugh!). And last but not least, I have an extremely *positive* outlook on things.
I am proud of a few things in my role as a caregiver to my Mom, but one of those that I am most proud of would be: She was taken to the ER and hospitalized 14 times in the last 9 months of her life; and I was by her side through it all, advocating very strongly on her behalf all along the way. In her final stage, when hospice came in, I was the first person to convince both them and our medical provider to keep my Mom on all of her 12 medications throughout hospice's care. This resulted in extending her life - so we got to spend more time together during these precious last weeks.
It is my true intention and desire to care for all my clients with the same quality of care and attention that I gave my Mom, granting, of course, that I strictly follow the families' guidelines.
A few last notes: Background Check started 2/10/18. I have my own reliable source of transportation. And references available upon request.
Thank you for your time, and God bless!