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Before becoming a caregiver, I worked as an executive assistance for many years, working some pretty big companies, so I'm very organized! But what I've found the most rewarding is being a caregiver, I love caring for others and making a difference in people's lives. I've been a caregiver for more than 7 years working with all types of patients. I took care of an elderly, diabetic lady (88 yrs.) for and I cherished every moment with her. Unfortunately, she passed last year and I am now looking for someone that needs a very caring, patient, entertaining, companion and caregiver. I am dedicated to make the elderly comfortable, happy and strive to enhance their life. Nothing is more rewarding. My experience includes preparing meals, monitoring medications, monitoring sugar levels, playing games, exercising, decorating for the holidays and house cleaning. I am open to any suggestions from all parties concerned to make the golden years, just that - golden. I am looking for a long term position either full time or part time. Since I live alone my time is flexible, including holidays. I also visited my one patient on a regular basis when she was in the hospital and was by her side in rehabilitation so that I could help her rehabilitate at home. If the individual is a dog lover, I have trained my dog to be elderly friendly. In most cases, the individual is happier seeing my dog than me, but that only makes me smile :)
I became a caregiver because I realized that working for corporations was no longer fulfilling. I wanted to be a caregiver because I can add to the lives of the elderly.
I first met Shelly back in 2004. We worked together for a non-profit organization. I was greatly impressed with her professionalism while dealing with her fellow employees, the members of our organization and the Board of Directors. At the time, I was solely responsible for the care and wellbeing of my elderly mother. I was looking for someone who was caring, trustworthy and loving to help me with that. I tried a few other people and that did not work out well for us. I asked Shelly if she would be interested and she was. She was a perfect fit. She cared for my mother as well as I did. She took care of her creature comforts as well as became my Mom’s friend and confidante. Shelly’s attention to detail, her loving care and her deep respect for my Mom’s dignity was incredible. I never had to worry about Mom when Shelly was with her. She knew instinctively what to do and when I need to be informed of any changes in her behavior that might indicate that she was ill or troubled. She did not bother me with every little detail as other caregivers that I had did. She let me have a life! That was huge. She took impeccable care of my Mom for 7 years. Mom’s needs grew exponentially over the years. Shelly did not hesitate to up her game to match the level of care needed. Shelly took care of her until my Mom passed away in December of 2012. Shelly was even there for me when it happened. She loved my mother as if she were her own. That level of care and love is hard to find. Sadly, some people’s children do not care as well for their own parents. I had finally found a perfect caregiver for my Mom (and me). By helping take care of my biggest and most important responsibility, she gave me the opportunity to have some much needed time to myself. I could not recommend Shelly more highly as a caregiver! She is truly a gem. Any family that hires her will be thrilled with the level of care that they receive. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss this further.
Shelly, wow! Shelly was a caregiver or my mother for more than six years. She is an incredible human being: she is a natural caretaker. She cared for my mother like she was her own beloved mother. Shelly always went the extra mile. She did all the things we expected from a caregiver but it was the extras that set Shelly apart. Shelly would serve meals but they were always presented well, perhaps a little garnish, or a dab of a favorite thing. Shelly would spend extra time to play games with my mother, always making her laugh and enjoy their time together. Shelly is very observant and would point out the little changes that were often indicators of developing illness. Shelly was always professional be managed to also be loving and affectionate (as a former school principal I really appreciate this delicate balance between professionalism and affection). Shelly loved to bring little decorations to brighten the house for every holiday or a little treat for my mother to eat (always within the diabetes restrictions). Medications we handled well and in a timely manner as Shelly is an extremely organizer person. She developed a routine and stayed with it. After my mother's dog died and she was very depressed, Shelly would sometimes bring one of her dogs over to visit my mother (a kind of therapy dog setting, with prior approval, naturally). This helped so much. Shelly helped so much in so very many ways. Caretaking is much like teaching...you can teach many people lots of skills and techniques but this cannot make them a great teacher, it merely makes them a functional teacher. Great teachers are born to teach...they are naturals. The same is true for caretakers...Shelly is a natural caretaker. I wholeheartedly recommend Shelly for a caretaker position. If you have any further questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.