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Salina G.|north riverside, IL

$15-25/hr 7 yrs exp 40 yrs old

Senior Care / End-Of-Life Care

I have 7 years experience as a CNA working with seniors in nursing homes, in home health care and in hospice care as well as in activity departments. I believe in quality, one on one care, and thus I believe in helping families that try very hard to keep their parents and loved ones happy by giving them the additional help that they need and deserve. I truly enjoy the company of elders and I relate to an older adult population. As a side note, I first saw the troubling reality of nursing homes when I was a teenager and had to watch my grandmother suffer through the confusion of not being in her own home anymore, during what I felt at the time was supposed to be her most sacred and precious days (her end days). Rather than have the love and comfort of the home and family members surrounding her in her last year on earth, she had to endure the confusion of dementia and the recent death of her beloved husband all while in a totally foreign place with barely enough staff to help her with even her most basic needs, let alone the needs of the heart. After she passed, I was so moved by witnessing her suffering that it wasn't long before I took my first job as a CNA to help those in that situation. I saw from the inside out, that the facilities themselves are not at fault; it was just the system that was inadequate. So I took to home care within my first few years of being a CNA, and found it greatly rewarding to give families the help they needed to keep their loved one(s) at home as long as possible. I also have had work being a personal caregiver to elders that actually do live in a nursing home, being an additional support to them when the staff were just unable to meet the special needs of the client. I have much experience with Alzheimer's, Dementia, MS, Parkinson's, and End of Life care as well. I worked in hospice as well and was trained in Death & Dying psychology/stages. Compassion is a muscle we must exercise on a daily basis for us to awaken to our full human potential. That is why I love the work I do. (I also write on the side, and am an artist, but these things are never in the way of my work ethic and they are rather enhanced by the nature of the work that I do.) Thank you for reading. Helping others stay comfortable and happy helps me to stay happy too, by creating art.
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