Ericka H. Care Companion in Leavenworth, KS 66048.
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- Age 30
- 7 years paid experience
Last signed in: More than 6 months
Home Care Rates $10 per hour
Caring for seniors is important to me because the elderly are still human beings, and not everybody seems to remember that. It is often difficult for those who are physically or mentally disabled to be treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve. Whether someone is living at home or in a nursing facility, it can make a tremendous difference in their quality of life just to have someone there who can take the time to listen and to be kind. It takes a certain kind of personality to provide quality companion care to seniors, and there is no certification that can guarantee a caregiver possesses these attributes. However, I have both a natural inclination toward caring for others, and years of experience through which I have learned a great deal about how to provide the best care possible.
I started off working for a home health agency when I was 20 years old, providing in-home companion care to a variety of clients. Some of the jobs were as simple as just sitting with the client for a few hours, others would involve 12 hour shifts during which I was responsible for cooking and cleaning in addition to assisting the client with personal care. After about a year of this work, I decided that I wanted to find a career in the healthcare field, and started by getting my CNA certification.
I continued to work independently as a personal care assistant while going to nursing school for three and a half semesters, but ultimately decided that I did not want to be an RN after all, because being a nurse turned out to be not at all what I had envisioned from the start. However, I decided to work in a skilled nursing facility as a CNA so that I could practice the skills I had learned with a larger group of patients. This was a very rewarding experience, in which I not only became proficient with some more complicated tasks such as changing colostomy bags and transferring patients with broken hips, but also got to know a lot of really interesting people, their everyday routines, their likes and dislikes, what they prefer to drink at dinner, and so on. My abilities to quickly establish a rapport with patients, customize care to their individual needs and preferences, and be responsible for a group of about 10 patients at once, led me to becoming a favorite among both patients and caregivers.
Unfortunately, in 2010 my grandmother had to go on hospice due to stage 4 lung cancer, and I became one of her primary caregivers for about six months. I also returned to school to become an ASCP certified phlebotomy technician, and after my grandmother passed away and I obtained my certification, I was in need of a break from hospice care. So, I went to work at Community Blood Center, going to mobile blood drives and collecting units of blood from eligible donors.
Currently I am back in school, after having completed all of the necessary prerequisites at KU, I will be going to KU Medical Center in August 2013, majoring in Clinical Laboratory Science. Although I let my CNA certification expire while working as a phlebotomist, I still have compassion, dependability, and a positive attitude - things that never expire!
Age Specific Experience
7 years paid experience
Experience with providing basic care services:
- Conversation and companionship
- Meal preparation
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Availability & Job Preferences
My availability is valid through 8/8/13
- Weekday Early Morning
- Day-time Weekdays (M - F)
- Weekday Afternoons
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