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Experienced caregiver/personal aide

Location: (Anywhere)

Education level: College/University
Education field: Visual and Performing arts
Years of experience: more than 5
Attributes that best describes:
Independent worker
Good communicator

Although I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts and worked as a professional for 30 years, I decided to leave my career to come home and care for my mom when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. In the nine years I cared for her at home, I learned more patience, compassion, resourcefulness, courage and skills than I have in any of my previous jobs. People underestimate just what kind of metal and heart a person must have to be an excellent caregiver. I have observed professionals in the skilled nursing facility she resides in now and am confident my own skills, techniques and empathy have prepared me to care for others with the same integrity and patience I exhibit when helping my mom. I am educated in a wide field of subjects so would also prove to be a stimulating companion for those who still have sharp cognitive skills. I have found, however, that those who are challenged with dementia usually understand far more than we give them credit for. I definitely encourage validation, redirection, and evaluating a person's wellbeing when "problems" arise, and have gained a strong ability to remain calm in crisis. I'd love the opportunity to meet with you and your loved one. I am not the least expensive caregiver you can find, however, I am definitely one of the most dedicated, unique individuals blessed with a generous heart and strong work ethic. I take caring for individuals who are vulnerable very seriously, and approach every human being with the integrity we each deserve. I am happy to provide references from both caregiver services and hospices who have worked intimately with my mom and I. Whether or not we wind up meeting, I congratulate you on finding the best care for your loved one, and if you are looking for respite for your own caregiving, I wish you all the best. You are doing a very brave and loving job that few people will ever understand.

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