I simply love people. I have been caregiving for over 20 years. I began my career as a caregiver in a skilled nursing facility about 25 years ago caring for elderly patients. As time passed, we became licensed foster parents for the state of South Carolina through a therapeutic fostering company called Mentor. We kept our home open for 10 years, caring primarily for medically complex babies and children. We adopted 2 of our children placed in our home.
I've done private caregiving for two families, one a mother and daughter. I was primary caregiver with a great deal of responsibilities. Currently, I am back in a skilled facility, but it's not the right fit for me. Too much hurry, and not enough caring, that's why I want to make this change.
I think the achievement I'm most proud of is seeing very sick, tiny babies that were born and diagnosed with terrible physical conditions, confound doctors who had said they wouldn't be able to live normal lives. They DID walk, and talk, and they caught up with standard developmental goals they set for children, They overcame many challenges and it was the most gratifying, fulfilling "job" I've ever had.
I worked for a Hospice Care provider as a field CNA, but was promoted to Business Office Specialist when they saw I was able to run an area of the office that they needed straightened out, but they knew my heart was in patient/family care, so they always managed to give me a couple of patients.
After so long caregiving I thought I