Teresita M.
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Diamond
5 Reviews
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$23.00 / hr

A caregiver of seven years trained to handle a variety of health and behavioral situations, I am aware of the impulse of families to want to ensure the health and well-being of loved ones. The help may just call for daily living activities with extra touches that make life worthwhile: decent exercise, tasty healthy meals, a clean, pleasant environment, a good listener and conversationalist, and kind, competent care. Some situations, however, require attending to seemingly insignificant, but crucial tasks, such as reminders to drink enough liquids, to move body and limbs periodically to avoid pressure points and muscle atrophy. I believe my care is dispensed with respect, kindness, and purpose, mindful their need for such greater than ever. A general "How are you?" might be followed with a specific "Do you feel dizzy",; and too long a spell on the couch will suggest an exercise or outside to smell the roses. The idea, above all, is to provide for the well-being of body and soul. A wise tip I learned is to give old people something to look forward to, whether a fun treat or an item in their bucket list. It may not always be possible, but sometimes, even just trying helps. My career history is eclectic, but caregiving suits me because I believe I make a difference in the lives of those in my care; more often than not, the tables are turned to make me pay attention. I consider my charges' health and well-being challenges, such as easing a cynic's attitude with kindness or making one's last days a comfort. By researching and learning about their ailments before I take over, I make certain I "do no harm". I have gained hands on and annual online training from Home Health Aide courses and nurse delegated work. An energetic, resourceful worker, I offer empathy, kindness, and a bright outlook. They are what I gave my mom, now lovingly sent off to join dad, with plenty to spare for others. ... more

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Work

Home Health Aide

Asian Counseling and Referral Service

Apr 2017 - Present

Care for a 93-year-old woman who has fear of falling from having broken her hips and femur, providing range of motion exercises to strengthen her and enable her to sit up so as to transfer to a commode, a wheelchair, and out of her room to the world beyond the confines of her bed. Other duties include feeding, meal preparation, administering meds, bathing, perineal and skin care, and engaging in conversation.

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President

My Medical Link, Inc.

May 2005 - Present

For a company which manages Intellectual Property portfolios, perform research, writing, editing duties as directed by CEO, answering company correspondences, inquiries; act as sounding board on executive decisions.

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Home Health Aide

Rescare Inc

Jul 2010 - Mar 2017

Cared for many clients with a host of illnesses and health conditions: quadriplegia, dementia, COPD, panic disorder, epileptic seizures, aphasia. Duties included: feeding, bathing, meal preparation, transportation, administering meds, recording vital signs, range of motion exercises, transfers using manual and automatic lifts, charging and navigating motorized wheelchair, perineal care, massaging, sterilizing site of colosto my and changed bandages, prepared sterilizing solutions, sterilized equipment--C-pap mask and hoses, colostomy hoses, and wheelchair. ... more

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ESL/Citizenship Program Planner/Instructor

Neighborhood House

Apr 1998 - May 2004

Developed curriculum, established program and secured funding for an ESL/Citizenship classes. Taught English as a Second Language and Survival classes to refugees and immigrants preparing them for US citizenship, work, and survival in their new country. Assumed coordinating duties with other agencies and the Seattle Community College to expand the program to other organizations.

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Manager, Operations/Sales

LabelMakers, Inc.

Mar 1981 - Apr 1992

In charge of sales and operations for a family business that manufactured custom, pressure-sensitive labels. Generated a million dollars in revenues, employed more than a dozen in its heyday, and contributed to the local economy at the height of the country's recession.

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ESL Instructor

Seattle Central Community College

Sep 1977 - Jun 1981

Taught English as a Second Language in all levels from beginning to advanced, developing curriculum, lessons, and exercises to acquire the English language, improve usage, diction, grammar, and pronunciation. Also taught at South Seattle Community College for a period.

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Home Care Aide (HCA)

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University of Washington

Bachelor of Arts in English

1963 - 1967

Reviews and Recommendations
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Charlene P.
Jan 2019
approved

Thanks again, Tess! Charlene

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Bob P.
Dec 2018
approved

We are so glad you were able to help my parents through mom's recovery. Thank you for all of your hard work!

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Larry R.
Nov 2018
approved

Thank you for filling in and the detailed information!

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Janet and Warren L.
Aug 2018
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Thank you

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Donna H.
Jun 2018
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She really helped us out.