Assistant for Disabled Yogini

M. Elman

Assistant for Disabled Yogini

Los Angeles, CA +129 locations
Part Time
Paid
  • Responsibilities

    One or possibly two Caregiver / Assistants needed for our 33 year old yogini daughter who has cerebral palsy. (23 hours in total) This is a very fulfilling job for the right person. You don't not necessarily need prior experience working with a disabled person. You do need to be kind, patient, caring, have good energy, excellent work ethic be very reliable, have great work ethic and be physically strong (I don't mean muscle bound). A good sense of humor helps. Goofiness can be a plus! Our daughter is a very sweet, interesting, ambitious and talented young woman who is very physically challenged with cerebral palsy. She LOVES yoga and practices 4 or 5 times per week. She also enjoys meditation, giving and getting massages, reading poetry, listening to music and hanging out with loved ones. While she is physically active, her disability is such that she can walk only with assistance, has limited use of her hands (so cannot feed herself), and cannot speak verbally, but communicates with either the use of a computer speech device or by using a unique method we call "partner-assisted spelling." This job includes the following tasks (we will provide training for all of these tasks): 1. Putting our daughter through a morning stretch routine (if you are doing a morning shift) 2. Taking her out to her sanctuary type yard for a jacuzzi and for sunning if the weather is nice. 3. IF you are a strong yoga practitioner, some shifts could possibly include putting her through a yoga practice. No you are not.no worries! 4. Some shifts might include assisting her mother in putting her through a variety of pilates and other fitness routines. 5. Some shifts (Saturdays before 6 pm) might include assisting our daughter by positioning her around a mat on the floor when she gives massage . 6. Feeding her. 7. Some shifts include cooking healthy organic meals 8. Occasional light assistance with her computer. 9. Showering her. (For this reason she prefers females only) 10. Taking her to the bathroom. (For this reason also she prefers females only) 11. Kitchen clean up 12. Other light clean up such as making the bed and sweeping around the dining table. 13. Driving her places and possibly accompanying her to family/social events. 14 Being a good companion 15. You would also be learning our daughter's communication and utilizing our daughter's communication method so your English must be good. If you have any questions about whether this job would be right for you, please don't hesitate to write and ask (0: Please note that this job is in the Mar Vista area, near Venice, Culver City, Palms, West Los Angeles. We prefer someone who is local since some of the hours begin or end during traffic times. Here is a video made about Eden a couple of years ago when she was doing sculpture: https://vimeo.com/143922798 (Just as a note, I have included video so people can learn a bit about our daughter, but she is not seeking an art assistant at this time). It is essential that our person be completely reliable. Our daughter needs a stable environment she can thrive in. We can't afford to have anyone who is flaky in anyway! While no full body lifting is needed for our daughter, you do need to be strong to move our daughter around. Fortunately, our daughter is quite small (weighing approximately 73 lbs) but it still does take strength to move her around. Having your own exercise practice is helpful. If you have any issues with your back, this is NOT a good job for you. Below are times for shifts available. If you can't do them all, that's okay, please let us know what you can do. If you are interested and think you could be the right person and have other times available, please let us know what they are. Mostly we are trying to build the right team and might be able to shift things around. Shifts needing coverage: Mondays 2 pm - 10 pm Tuesdays 5 pm -10ish pm / or / 9 am - 2pm Thursdays 5 pm-10ish pm / or / 8 or 9 am - 2pm Saturdays 10am -10ish pm / or 9:30 am - 2pm / or 2 pm - 10pm We are looking for one or two people who will be around for a year or more to cover these shifts. Some of these shifts are flexible as you can see below in regard to creating a schedule that would work for you. Once determined the shifts would be set to those agreed upon times. There is too much training involved for someone who will only be around for a few months! *Extra hours often available to cover others. *It is possible if someone needs to travel occasionally or needs to take off that shift trades can be done with other of our daughter's wonderful assistants. Here is a video made about Eden a couple of years ago when she was doing sculpture: https://vimeo.com/143922798 (Just as a note, I have included video so people can learn a bit about our daughter, but she is not seeking an art assistant at this time). It is essential that our person be completely reliable. Our daughter needs a stable environment she can thrive in. We can't afford to have anyone who is flaky in anyway! Someone who worked with our daughter wrote the following and said I should include this in my ads when looking for someone. She said: "I have been working with Eden for almost 3 years, and it has been one of the most fulfilling, rewarding, and worthwhile experiences of my life. I never expected I'd be involved in work like this, and I'm so incredibly thankful a friend introduced me to Eden-what a joy it has been! Eden is absolutely wonderful. She is hilarious, curious, bright, warm hearted, patient, sweet, silly, studious, and incredibly special. I have received just as much, if not more, than I give. Eden's family has embraced me with love and kindness, and the other women who work with Eden have become some of my dearest friends". Another person who worked with our daughter wrote this: I have incredible things to say about working with Eden and her family. I used to live and work with E for 3 whole years in my early twenties. I was house manager and lead trainer for all new aids including yoga. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made mostly because it's a soul-nourishing position. Like all healthcare jobs, it has challenges but they were ones that have made me into the woman I've always wanted to be. Working w E is based on connection, communication, embodiment, and service-all foundations I find to be essential in my work now as a depth + Somatic psychotherapist. While no full body lifting is needed for our daughter, you do need to be strong to move our daughter around. Fortunately, our daughter is quite small (weighing approximately 73 lbs) but it still does take strength to move her around. Having your own exercise practice is helpful. If you have any issues with your back, this is NOT a good job for you. You must be able to work legally in United States. To apply: Please send at least a short note that gives us a little sense of who you are and why you think you would be good for this position.

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