Darcy R.|Walnut Creek, CA
51 yrs old
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA)
For eight months, I served as the primary care giver under the Hospice of Maine for both of my parents, who passed away from lung cancer. I took care of everything for them including keeping them to a strict medication schedule that included full-time oxygen use and breathing treatments, purchasing and preparing meals, all housekeeping, transporting them to and from appointments, and helping them to perform personal hygiene tasks.
Having benefited from hospice at a time when I and my parents needed support the most, I wanted to give back to the cause and so have been a Patient Volunteer for San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine since June, 2010. My experiences there inspired me to change my career from being a middle school educator, to devoting the rest of my life to helping seniors live in a safe, healthy environment where their personal needs and dignity come first.
I underwent an intensive, four-month CNA and CHHA training through Escondido ROP's Adult Education center, and received my certifications in May, 2011. Since then, I took care of two senior citizens out-of-state, and am returning home to obtain full-time employment.
I am a compassionate, gentle, open-minded person who has raised a son who is now in college. I educated and cared for children and teenagers for several years. As well, I have been a military wife for the entirety of my marriage and am a professional, self-assured woman.
I find great joy in helping others, and can think of no better way to spend my time.