Joyce H.|Concord, MA
3 yrs exp
60 yrs old
Part-time Caregiver, Companion, Driver, Cook and Housekeeper Available
Avg response < 1 hrs
I enjoy seniors and their observations of the world. Stories are a bonus. They have so much to give. I like to be available. I like encouraging independence with safety, and respecting special needs with a normal approach.
I am passionate about elders because I grew up around my own extended family elders - 2 great grandmothers, one grandmother, one great uncle, one aunt. They lived with us, sometimes in their own separate apartments and sometimes not. And so, I was a bit of a caregiver during my youth as well. This gave me a broad understanding of the older years, which bring many changes. I feel that I add to their day with my positive attitude, empathy, and ability to listen. (This, of course, did not involve cash payments. However, I felt like I won the lottery; I learned so much from these lovely elders.
I did past professional work with a medical company which included home care training, knowledge and use of positioning, aids to daily living. I worked with medical professionals including surgeons, physical & occupational therapists, podiatrists. Can adapt living space for safety.
In my past jobs, I have done many things - drive to appointments and errands, grocery shop, prepare a meal or two, tidy up the house, run errands and give companionship, while acknowledging that everyone needs some privacy and no one likes to lose independence.