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While I've worked as a caregiver for those with Alzheimer's and dementia in an Assisted Living facility and nursing homes through caregiving businesses, it was freelance home care where I was most proud of my work. While having a worker in your home may not be an easy adjustment, empowering others to keep their lifestyle and relative independence and dignity is the most rewarding aspect of caring. Though assisted living and nursing homes have their place in our society, enabling and assisting someone in their homes is the reason I continue to return to this line of work. One of my proudest moments was helping a woman who needed extra care in a facility. She had suffered a broken hip, heart attack, and mild stroke in one week and needed constant care that the facility couldn't provide. She also suffered from Alzheimer's and needed a great deal of patience and compassion. She could be verbally abusive and many workers took what she said personally. After numerous caregivers attempted to help her, it was myself and one other worker who could serve her needs and she came to treat me as a friend. I have always considered myself a champion of empowerment and encourage folks to keep their lifestyle and personality as much as possible. So many I've cared for have taken care of their families and communities and it's an honor to be of service to those who have been of service to others throughout their lives. I imagine myself in their position and treat them how I hope to also be treated when I'm such a condition.

Skills & Certifications: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)