Paula A.|Palm Coast, FL
10 yrs exp
66 yrs old
Full-Time And/Or Part-Time Senior Caregiver
Since March of 2014 I have been caring for a woman with brain cancer and dementia. My primary responsibilities are to ensure/maintain her quality of life, assist with feeding, report any new and/or ongoing behaviors to family members, accompany her to concerts, and activities. I had been employed as a live in/senior caretaker for an 84-year-old male. My responsibilities comprised of medication management, daily meal preparation, grocery shopping, laundry, light housekeeping, assisting with dressing and toileting. Prior to this arrangement, I worked with a local family for four years caring for their 90-year-old mother. She suffered from dementia and severe hearing loss. I prepared her meals, did the grocery shopping, laundry, and light housekeeping; as well as being a companion, weather permitting, we would go for walks, visit friends and have meals together. I enjoy caring for the elderly as it gives me a solid sense of accomplishment and knowing that I can be a positive influence in their life. My 86-year-old mother had been in a nursing home for some time and before that I had cared for her at home. I have to say that this experience has profoundly changed my perception of the elder population, in terms of what they need, and how difficult it is for family members who out of sheer financial necessity or physical limitations, are faced with the decision of placing their loved ones in a facility. Communication with family members, doctors, and staff is crucial to the well-being of one's parents, as well as the peace of mind that extends to the family.