Karen G.|Holyoke, MA
10 yrs exp
73 yrs old
Karen G.- 30 Years Experience in Elder Care and Administration
In 1987 I became a live-in caregiver for an 88-year-old woman. It was a rewarding experience that lasted for 2 1/2 years and led to the creation of my own business. Established in 1990, Cape Companions provided 24-hour in-home care to many elderly people on Cape Cod, MA. I retired in 2005 and spent the following 4 years as a caregiver. 3 years were spent with a woman in Cotuit, MA and 1 year with a woman in Truro, MA. Both women were able to enjoy an active social life. We attended church every Sunday, had their friends over for dinner weekly, and went for daily walks or rides. One woman was happy to attend most of the COA events and the other was able to attend club meetings and sorority luncheons.
I am a patient and cheerful helper and a good cook. I have experience with dementia and bi-polar disorder. There isn't much I won't do-I consider housework good exercise, I provide personal care and schedule appointments. My clients enjoy foot soaks and foot massages while listening to the music of the 30's and 40's, my own personal favorite. For me there is a great deal of satisfaction in helping someone continue to live the lifestyle they're accustomed to and maintain their sense of freedom and vitality. I look forward to meeting my new friend.
I am currently available for any 3-5 consecutive 24-hour days.