Maria Cesarlita J.|Lake In The Hills, IL
9 yrs exp
55 yrs old
Experienced Senior Care Provider/Caregiver For The Elderly
My first job as caregiver was from March 2002 to May 2003 with an 81-year-old retired nurse living in Grayslake. It was a live-in position. It was only me and her and I took care of her 24/7. My daily tasks with her were bath assistance, medication reminder and medication management, meal preparation, light housekeeping, help in ambulation, grocery and errands, I managed her doctor's appointments and took her to doctor's appointments. Since I don't drive, I was practical enough not to depend on family members to take us, instead I used a vehicle service. Safety was my priority while I was with her as the client was demented. I have to make sure doors were locked and gas stoves knobs were taken off before I slept just a precaution. I also used a baby monitor, so I can monitor her even when we were asleep. She has nocturnal tendencies, or that she is active at nights. On May 2003, my work with my client in Grayslake ended and I started working as a Certified Nursing Assistant/Hospice CNA for a health care agency who provided CNA's to Hospice, to Nursing Homes and Retirement Facilities. Apart from my work with the health care agency, I worked with a home care agency and I was assigned in residential homes as caregiver. When assigned as a hospice CNA, I took vital statistics of patients, including blood pressure and pulse. I made sure patient is comfortable. I provided personal grooming, I gave bed baths, brushed their teeth and combed hair and fed patient. While working as a caregiver in a retirement facility, my work is basically same as when you provide care for a client at her/his home. I would do light housekeeping, change the bed linens whenever it is soiled. I did laundry, companionship and meal preparation. When the client doesn't want to go to the dining room, or if the client does, accompany client to the dining room of the facility. I also assist client in personal grooming and I assist in ambulation. Year 2009, I started working full-time in an office setting. I resigned from the post March 20, 2013. I would like to rejoin the world of providing care for the elderly. I always have the passion for elderly care and will always be that way. I still have to re-certify myself as Certified Nursing Assistant as I have not worked as a CNA for more than two years.