– Free: Caregiving

Sarah Read – Caregiver: Profile

I am a proficient and versatile caregiver with much practical experience. I babysat through High School, became a part-time stepmother in the early 1980s, and have been a mother since 1994.

Since 2009 I have worked in a part-time, permanent role supporting people with profound disabilities.

I maintain a high standard of professionalism and personal ethics in all that I do. I have a full clean NZ driving license and my own transport. I am a registered First Aider.

Scroll down this page for my CV and references.

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Skills and experience

  • childminding (babies to teenagers – my own and others’)
  • elder care (including dementia attendance)
  • mental health advocacy and support
  • care support work for profoundly disabled adults

Note: for pet care, see the Home Help page.

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CV: Sarah Read – Caregiver

2009, ongoing: Care support worker at Argo Trust.

The Argo Trust provides both residential and vocational services to six adults who have profound intellectual and physical disabilities. Duties include all aspects of caring for a busy household, and my regular shifts include a waking overnight shift, with sole charge accountability.

Specialised training has included: Medication administration and documentation, Behaviour management and de-escalation techniques, Epilepsy management, Civil Defence, Fire management and Back care, lifting and transferring.

(see Reference; Argo Trust below)

1999, ongoing: Stepmother, with all that entails

1994, ongoing: Mother, with all that entails.

1994, 95: Advocacy and support, working with a close family member diagnosed with schizophrenia.

1994: Respite relief: Provided a week’s live-in care for bewildered dementia sufferer

1985 – 1992 Stepmother, (see reference: Stepmother below).

1979-83 (Summer jobs) Care Assistant: St Andrews Psychiatric Hospital, Northampton, UK.  For some years I planned to train as an Art Therapist. To gain experience as a Care Assistant in a psychiatric hospital in my home town. Duties were a mixture of domestic and assisting nursing staff with patient care.

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Reference: Stepmother: ongoing since 1999

Sarah has helped look after me since I was around four. She’s a baker of lemon cakes, excellent shopping assistant, stopper of nosebleeds and a free taxi service. She’s very capable of taking care of small children (and teenagers) and is an excellent cook.

Becky, aged 16, Wellington

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References: Stepmother 1985 – 1992

Sarah is an excellent caregiver. She cared for two of my children when they were young and although they are now around the thirty age mark, they still remember her with great warmth and love. She encouraged their creativity and learning and made their time with her memorable. Even across the miles, she continued to write them letters peppered with artistic cartoons and creations which they loved and I’ve probably still got somewhere. Give her a go – she’s one in a million!! (Love you Sarah) – Mandie – somewhere in England xxxx

Mandie, UK

Sarah came in to my life during a very confusing time. She was like an anchor to cling to and a fairy god mother to escape with all rolled into one. She looked after my brother and me as our stepmother many, many moons ago (back in the days of ub40, garden flats and beetles called phoebe). She was the most wonderful person in the world at that time and I have no doubt she still is. My memories of times spent with her, are amongst the best of my childhood.
Sarah had a way of making us feel like valuable individuals whilst also maintaining her authority as a parental figure. I have huge amounts of respect and adoration for Sarah. I’m sure that anyone who knows Sarah would agree that their life is enriched because she is a part of it.
So yes, hire Sarah and enjoy the love and inspiration that will follow!

Hanni, UK

Wow, well I don’t know what to say, it was a long time ago but certainly from what I remember (about 20 years ago!) is that you were more than just Dad’s girlfriend, you were our step-mum. I remember it being a lot of fun and well I still class you as my step mum so however you looked after us has had a lasting impression! Let me know if you need any more, not sure what I remember apart from it just being a really fun time!

Owen, UK

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Reference: Argo Trust

Since commencing employment at the Argo Trust in November 2009, Sarah Read’s main objective has been to provide a quality lifestyle for the residents of Trust.

The Argo Trust is a purpose built home situated in the historic Wellington Suburb of Aro Valley.  We provide both residential and vocational services to six adults who have profound intellectual and physical disabilities.

Sarah has strong, meaningful relationships with the residents and it is always evident how much she cares for their wellbeing. As an employee of the Trust, Sarah continues to develop new ways to assist the residents and advocate on their behalf, to ensure their needs are met.

Sarah’s duties include:

  • Fully assisting residents with all personal support required, including medication administration, personal cares, assistance with meal times and any other designated tasks
  • Maintaining confidentiality at all times and ensuring resident privacy and dignity in all aspects of service provision.
  • Encouraging residents’ skills as per the provision of Supported Life Plans and Care Support Plans.
  • Maintaining a safe, caring, personalised environment in which each resident feels uniquely valued.
  • Respecting each resident’s spiritual, religious and cultural beliefs, whilst ensuing all protocols are observed.

 Giuliano Serrao, Training and Development Manager, Argo Trust Ph: 04 385 6769

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One Response to “– Free: Caregiving”

  1. Hanni Weaver-St.John Says:

    Sarah came in to my life during a very confusing time in my life. She was like an anchor to cling to and a fairy god mother to escape with all rolled into one. She looked after my brother and me as our stepmother many, many moons ago (back in the days of ub40, garden flats and beetles called phoebe). She was the most wonderful person in the world at that time and I have no doubt she still is. My memories of times spent with her, are amongst the best of my childhood.
    Sarah had a way of making us feel like valuable individuals whilst also maintaining her authority as a parental figure. I have huge amounts of respect and adoration for Sarah. I’m sure that anyone who knows Sarah would agree that their life is enriched because she is a part of it.
    So yes, hire Sarah and enjoy the love and inspiration that will follow!

    All my love and a whole year’s of six kisses for you from me,
    Hanni xxxxxx X

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