Emily Z.|Kent, OH
6 yrs exp
26 yrs old
Full Or Part-Time Senior Care
Senior caregiving is important to me. In 2007, my grandmother suffered multiple massive strokes. This incident resulted in her having permanent brain damage; she has trouble with even basic tasks, has no short term memory, and only pieces of her long term memory. She also suffers from a speech disorder known as aphasia, which inspired me to go to school for speech pathology. I have also studied gerontology. My grandmother is the loveliest person I have ever known. I see her multiple times a week and watch her when her caregiver is not around. I know how to deal with her confusion and emotional states, as well as how to keep her happy and communicate in a slow manner, which she will understand. She has taught me patience and compassion. I am comfortable helping her with daily tasks, such as bathroom time, as well as making food and bonding with her. I hope I can spread my compassion to other elderly individuals in need through providing care and through my eventual career as a speech pathologist in a rehab facility.
In addition to my grandma, I also help my grandfather with difficult tasks like reading and walking, as he is fragile with age.
Finally, I am a certified hospice volunteer and do so numerous times a month. I have learned a great deal doing this, including being HIPAA certified.