It was no accident that I went into nursing. I was drawn to it early in life. As the eldest of four girls often asked to take care of my younger sisters, I found that caring for others came naturally to me. I have the compassion to help people who are going through hard times.
I first received my Licensed Practical Nursing degree in 1977 from Western Mass. School of Nursing.
I then went on to obtain my Associates Degree Nursing License (ASN) in 1982 from Springfield Technical Community College. Disclosure: I had taken off several years from nursing to work in Real Estate and to be a stay at home mom. I have worked in hospitals, skilled nursing homes, assisted living facilities, residential care facilities for the elderly, home health agencies, and hospice care.
My goal is to teach you, your hired caregivers, or facility staff how to give safe, meaningful, dignified, and comfortable care for your declining loved one at home while keeping peace within you and your family’s lives.
I want to help all of you have the best quality of life possible while navigating through this uncharted territory, avoiding the anguish and chaos that this journey can bring.
Although headquartered in California, I can consult with people across the United States or internationally, and with my assistance, help people work their way through complications and tough decisions.
I have extensive experience working with geriatric patients who have the following diseases and conditions: dementia and Alzheimer’s, out of control pain, ALS, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, cancer (all different types), cardiac disease, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, Parkinson’s Disease, diabetics Type I and Type II, coronary occlusive pulmonary disease (COPD) strokes, cerebral vascular accidents (CVA), debility, failure to thrive, respiratory failure, pneumonia, urinary tract infections (UTI’s), opioid-induced constipation, and other chronic diseases and symptoms.
I have also spent three years working with adults who have developmental disabilities.
I am the Caregiving Queen Martie Garcia RN, CHPN, CCM, a member of the American Nurses Association, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association HPNA, California Board of Registered Nurses, American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, Nurses Service Organization, Elks National Foundation, Moose National Organization, Orange County Bar Association (Association Section member for Healthcare, Elder Law, and Trusts), American Red Cross Association, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Law and Trusts), the American Red Cross Association, and the Alzheimer’s Association.
I also have a Certified Care Manager designation and I am a member of the National Academy of Certified Care Managers NAACCH.
I have my Hospice and Palliative Nurse certification.
I am a Certified Life Coach through The Certified Life Coach Institute.
I am a Real Estate Broker with a SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) designation from the National Association of Realtors.
I can meet the special needs of maturing Americans when selling, buying, consulting, relocating, or refinancing residential or investment properties; offering the best options and information for them to make life-changing decisions.
I have had my Administrator Certification to operate residential care facilities or assisted living facilities for the elderly for over a decade now and know the care your loved one is supposed to be receiving at these facilities.
You’re Not Alone in This and I’m Here to Help You
If you are looking to learn about many of the problems that you could encounter or are having when caring for the elderly you can click the link below to get my book “Caregiving Guide for a Declining Loved One.” The book is packed full of information and a great guide for those who are looking for a Do It Yourself (DIY) guide or for those who are looking for caregiving vs cost of hiring someone or facility placement.