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Teresita M.

Teresita M.

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$27.00 / hr

Seattle, WA

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About Teresita

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.

Caregiving Services & Expertise

Services

  • Bathing
  • Dressing & Grooming
  • Toileting
  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Prep
  • Groceries & Shopping
  • Transferring & Mobility
  • Exercise
  • Transportation
  • Housekeeping
  • Companionship

Job Interests

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Short Term
  • Overnight
  • Weekend Live-In
  • Holiday Shifts

Caregivers that work non-full-time jobs or irregular shifts can negotiate extra compensation in addition to their standard hourly wage.

Skills & Expertise

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiovascular Disorders
  • COPD
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Home Health Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Orthopedic Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Tracheotomy / Ventilation
  • Senior Care
  • Elder Care
  • Home Care

Languages

  • English
  • Tagalog

Experience & Education

Home Health Aide

Apr 2017 - Present
Asian Counseling and Referral Service
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.
Apr 2017 - Present

President

May 2005 - Present
My Medical Link, Inc.
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.
May 2005 - Present

Home Health Aide

Jul 2010 - Mar 2017
Rescare Inc
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 colostomy and changed bandages, prepared sterilizing solutions, sterilized equipment--C-pap mask and hoses, colostomy hoses, and wheelchair.
Jul 2010 - Mar 2017

ESL/Citizenship Program Planner/Instructor

Apr 1998 - May 2004
Neighborhood House
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.
Apr 1998 - May 2004

Manager, Operations/Sales

Mar 1981 - Apr 1992
LabelMakers, Inc.
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.
Mar 1981 - Apr 1992

ESL Instructor

Sep 1977 - Jun 1981
Seattle Central Community College
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.
Sep 1977 - Jun 1981

University of Washington

Jan 1963 - Jan 1967
Seattle, WA
Jan 1963 - Jan 1967

Reviews (14)

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September 2021
Bob Y.
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Tess, Thanx you so much for helping us out the past 2 days. Don’t know what I would have done without you. Very appreciative!
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March 2021
Pauline S.
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My mother and I thank you for your exceptional care and concern for us. We thank you for generously volunteering to step in and cover for the two caregivers who failed to appear. Regards, Pauline Sakuma
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July 2020
Ailene L.
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Tess - thank you for helping my dad. We're very pleased with your caregiving and professionalism! Ailene Limric
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July 2020
Joe F.
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Irene M.
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November 2019
William H T.
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Thanks for all you do! Jake Will talk next week.
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September 2019
Melinda B.
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Thank you for being so good to mom!!
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May 2019
Evangeline D.
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Dear Tessie, you were a 'God send'. Thank you for all you do, and for blessing our family with your presence. No one else could have brought me such comfort; knowing that you were taking care of Mom while I was out-of-town. I was able to complete our business in Arizona, without worrying about Mom.
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April 2019
Marilyn M.
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Thanks Tess
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January 2019
Charlene P.
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Thanks again, Tess! Charlene
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December 2018
Bob P.
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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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November 2018
Larry R.
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Thank you for filling in and the detailed information!
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September 2018
Janet and Warren L.
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Thank you
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September 2018
Donna H.
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She really helped us out.
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