Orcas Caregiver Directory

Caregivers Accepting New Clients

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Amy Cole
Education/Training: caregiving certification courses
EMT training
Hospice training and experience
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

I have many years experience working with elderly members of our community. I know the importance of respecting needs and concerns of my client and doing my best to maintain their health, well being and, insofar that is possible for their happiness.

Chama Anderson
Education/Training: My education and training includes Bachelors in Social Work, Licensed Massage Therapist, CNA training, First Aid, CPR, Wildness First Responder Certification and Brain Coaching Certification(in process)
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

I hope my education, training and life experience can support you, your health and living the life you want. Sometimes we need help from our community to make it through each day. I have been blessed by the Orcas Community when I was in need. Now, I can share even more deeply with those who need support. Feel free to contact me by phone 206-930-5704. Thank you.

CindyMcGrady
Education/Training: Certificate for DSHS approved basic training Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving taught by Sally Coffin. Continuing Education Dementia for Caregivers. Sally Coffin.
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

I find Caregiving a very rewarding job. Orcas Island has a wonderful population of Seniors and I have enjoyed my time getting to know and care for many of them. I have excellent references and letters of recommendation.

Eirena Birkenfeld
Education/Training: University level pre-med classes, General Caregiving certificate, First Aid certificate, Hospice Care Training through Lahari, Certified Nurses Aid training through Skagit Community College.
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

I also have a cell phone: 360-298-2425
This work comes naturally to me and I enjoy it very much. Finding a good match seems to be a matter of chemistry, intention & good luck for all involved and every caregiving situation unique challenges. I have a high respect for confidentiality and HIPAA regulations when working with clients in their personal environment. At this time I am able to do overnight and longer day shifts.

Gloria Lavalle
Education/Training: Certfied Home Care Aide (HCA)
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

I enjoy working with older people and this started with taking care of my Mother and Mother in Law. What I gained is that they could do a lot more than I thought they could do. I have worked with clients in various experiences and they always liked what I did for them.

Janie Reboulet
Education/Training: HCA; training in massage, first aid and CPR, hospice, music therapy, reiki, doula and postpartum care. Current with CEUs in falls and prevention, skin care, respiratory and heart care, diabetes, dementia care.
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

I am dedicated to seeing that people receive the best care possible in their homes. I respect individual rights and preferences and work well within family units. I provide compassionate, efficient care that you can rely on to help create pleasure and ease with all situations.

Jean Davis
Education/Training: BA Education
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

I am an experienced caregiver of 30+ years. My interest is in providing in home care that assures dignity, safety and support for the individual. Wether on a temporary basis for recovery from surgery or injury, or in long term care situations I can provide the appropriate level of care, including respite for the family and other caregivers.
I have also worked with adults on the Autism spectrum.

Jean Lyle
Education/Training: Certified Home Care Aid
Certified Yoga Teacher
B.S Elementary/Special Education
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

Sharing company and offering ease to people is a natural pleasure for me. I bring a calm and joyful attitude to any caring situation. Having taught yoga for 9 years to a variety of ages and abilities, and mentored for Funhouse Commons for 11 years, I have experience working with a wide range of ages in a variety of settings. I honor the importance of respecting the needs and privacy of individuals, and client's health, happiness and general well being are my priorities.

Judy Jewel
Education/Training: Comfort Keepers Interactive training program which consists of:
HIPAA Privacy Rules
HIPAA Security Rules
Introduction to Infection Control
Workplace Safety
And numerous other sessions including ongoing hands on training.
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

Hello, my name is Judy and I am an experienced caregiver. I live on Orcas Island and am available for full time or live in care. I am committed to providing the highest quality care for your loved one as I assist individuals in leading lives of optimal quality, comfort and independence within their own home.

During my education and experience, I have gained strong skills in assisting with the basic activities of daily living. I provide assistance with meal preparation, companionship, emotional support, bathing and dressing, transportation, run errands, help with routine activities, household chores, laundry, etc. I have experience with alzheimer's, dementia, hospice and disabled clients.

I am a mature woman with a valid drivers license, excellent references and a clear background check. Let's talk so we can customize a home care plan that fits your needs.

Kathleen Overby
Education/Training: Lifelong learner in the School of Life. Home Care Certificate.
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

I'm at ease caregiving, nurturing, helping and simply being with. I'd like to be fruitful and contribute to Island life. The thought of being a catalyst to enable folks to remain on island appeals to me. I understand that desire to be home. I like books, gardens, music, the beach, calligraphy, quilting and working with my hands to be creative.

Marilyn Parman
Education/Training: CNA, HCA,, MED-TECH, nURSE DELEGATION DIABETES
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

I am a retired musician with scientific background also, and I am personable and compassionate. Good with dementia, but I prefer not to work with patients who are violent. I have done a lot of research and have experience with patients who have swallowing problems and other eating disorders. I use music as mood elevator when appropriate. Also, I am a published writer and good listener.

Maura Lynn Pritchard
Education/Training: Certified Home Care Aid by Washington State Department of Social & Health Services, Certified Heartsaver by American Heart Association with First Aid with AED training & CPR, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bowen Therapist, Master Gardener, Chef, Carpenter and Handy Woman.
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

I live in the village of Eastsound and I am available for up to three days and one night a week for a new client. I can help you to continue living in your home with the highest quality of compassionate, professional care in comfort and safety. I am a certified Home Care Aid by Washington State Department of Social & Health Services with First Aid with AED training & CPR.

In addition to my many years of caregiving experience, I am also a Farm to Table educator and Chef. My diverse professional skill set allows me to care for my clients, and provide delicious, nutritious meals for any dietary restrictions. You might have even heard of my Elders in the Garden program that I teach… I get rave reviews from my Elder friends!

My experiences being a caregiver have brought me so many heartfelt and cherished moments. What I find in my Elderly friends is entire worlds of knowledge that enrich my life. I look forward to finding new friends and companions to help and learn from!

Miranda Maricle
Education/Training: Certified Nurse Assistant, Handy Women
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

I am a warm and friendly lady happy to help with light house keeping, errands and or keep someone company. I can help with personal care and healthy meals. I am flexible with my availability and would be happy to help with overnights as well as evening and night shifts.
I am honest and punctual with great attention to detail.

Nina Fry
Education/Training: Graduate Degree-Elem. Ed.
B.A. Degree-Psychology
CPR/First Aid- 07/18
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

After twenty years’ experience as a caregiver, I realize how important it is for those who are able to stay in their homes to have the care & support they require. This includes not only physical care & medical needs but also companionship, a sense of safety, trust, acceptance & knowing that their needs will be met. I will try my hardest to ensure that this is accomplished.

Pamela Harney
Education/Training: B.A. University of California-Santa Barbara; English and Sociology
Paralegal Certificate: U.C. Irvine – CA
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

I find assisting others personally satisfying in making each client comfortable with personal hygiene needs and providing enjoyment in a variety of activities for appropriate stimulation. I consider dignity and compassion essential.

Robin Pilatti
Education/Training: Registered Nurse with 20 years of experience. Worked mostly in ICU and PostAnesthesia Care arenas. Current ACLS/PALS/BLS
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

I would be honored to provide care and assistance to residents of Orcas. My goal is to facilitate health, joy and the ability to continue to have experiences that enrich the lives of my clients. I offer basic personal care, light chores, meal preparation, errands and the ability to get out of the house and participate in society. Would you like a trusted companion for a trip to the dog park, a stroll on Cresent Beach, arts and crafts or company to see some of the wonderful plays and music available on Orcas? I have experience in transporting and assisting wheelchair bound clients as well. I can also be available as a private nurse. Things that bring me joy in my own life include my four children and five grand children. I am a spinner, knitter and weaver of all things fiber. I love to sail and ride motorcycles. I have 4 wonderful Mustang horses that live on large ranches in Northern California. I have been an avid gardener and loved raising bees. I am new to living on Orcas but have been visiting for over 20 years. My goal is to be flexible to better meet the needs of each person. I am currently available from 8am -3pm M-F. My schedule will open up dependent on client needs.

Enjoying the warmth of the setting sun.
Education/Training: Bachelors of Science - California State University Fullerton, First Aid and CPR, Instructional design in Alzheimer's therapy
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

Im so happy to offer my skills and support to the elders of this beautiful island.
My introduction to caregiving began with supporting my grandmother who has suffered from a number of health challenges including emotional and physical. Helping her to stay in the comforts of her home as she endured these life challenges was rewarding for both of us. I learned that my ability to offer emotional support was equally valuable to my ability to support her physical therapy and mobility.
In the years that followed, I have offered care coordination, diet planning and food preparation, yoga, assistance in travel and leisure activities, home decor., handyman support and general care to the elders of my community. My schedule is flexible and my commitment is to support your dignified process of aging with as much comfort and joy as possible.

Suzi Rose
Education/Training: BA Psychology Kent State University
EMT-Paramedic Akron City Hospital
LMP-Licensed Massage Therapist Brian Utting Massage School
LM-Licensed Midwife Seattle Midwifery School
Hospice training Lahari Hospice 1998
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

I am a gentle, quiet, experienced care giver and hospice volunteer
able to fit in comfortably and handle many different care giving needs and
situations. I have worked 20+ years providing in home care with an open heart and kind presence.

Tammy Myers
Education/Training: I have my current Washington state NAC license. I have a current Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED from the American Heart Association.
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

I want to help keep people safe, healthy and living in the environment they are most comfortable with-HOME.

Photo of myself,my daughter, and my stepmother on our recent vacation to Florida
Education/Training: Master's in Teaching
Bachelors degree in Biology
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

I feel very fortunate that our family landed on Orcas Island. I would love to help others maintain a healthy lifestyle that would enable them to remain on this wonderful island. I believe everyone deserves to live their senior years experiencing friends,family, wonderful food , and in their own home. I enjoy learning from the elders in our community and sharing their lifelong experiences. I know working with you would be as rewarding for me as it would for you. My experience caring for my mother was a life changing experience and I only wish to care for others as I hope someone might have treated my own mother.

Valentina Rivera
Education/Training: B.S. Nursing
Excelsior College, Albany, New York, 2008

A.S. Nursing
Excelsior College, Albany, New York, 2005

A.S. Health Ministry
Hartland College, Rapidan Virginia, 1995

Virginia Registered Nurse License from 2013
Massachusetts Registered Nurse License from 2005
Accepting New Clients?: Yes
Personal Statement:

I was born in Sofia, Bulgaria; lived in Bulgaria for 17 years; married; mother; Interests include hiking, cooking, music, travel; have visited England, France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Argentina and Canada.

I completed an associate degree in Medical Ministry from Hartland Collage, VA in 1995 and worked at their Wellness and Health Center for 2 years as a therapist. I performed massages and hydrotherapy treatments under doctors’ supervision. I assisted in Stop Smoking programs and cooking schools. Lectured on Stress Management, Nutrition, Home Health Remedies, Hydrotherapy, and Massage.

In 2008 I completed my Bachelors degree in Nursing from Excelsior College in Albany, NY. I worked in many different fields of nursing: home care nursing, school nursing and geriatric nursing. I love being a nurse. I believe that nurses are the most trusted healthcare professionals. They are with patients throughout the continuum of life. While working as a nurse, I am also a teacher, advocate, caregiver, critical thinker, and even innovator. For me, nursing is one of the most honorable profession, and nurses are the heart and soul of the healthcare system.