Providing non-medical home care to seniors and other needy persons can be one of the most fulfilling things you’ll ever do in life. There’s joy in helping others according to Astin Home Care owner, Michele Ellis-Williams. And some of the greatest thinkers who ever lived seem to agree to that. There’s even a famous Chinese that goes like this – “If you want to find happiness for a year, inherit a fortune but if you want to find happiness for a lifetime, help someone!
Consider this too – providing senior care means working in a relaxing and personal environment where you are likely to be appreciated by all parties involved. Compare this to working in a busy, insensitive environment where people don’t even care how you feel or who you are for that matter.
However, whether your caregiving career will be rewarding and enjoyable or not has a lot to do with who you are as a person, and what you are willing to do to make things work. For example, are you a trustworthy person? Maybe you are, but your client and his/her family don’t know this and you must, therefore, be willing to earn their trust.
The Aspects of a Good Caregiver
In addition to being trustworthy, other attributes you will need to be a successful caregiver include the following:
Just like trustworthiness, these aspects will only be demonstrated through your work as a home care provider. If you are unwilling to exhibit them, your career is not likely to be successful. Here are a few tips from Astin Home Care owner, Michele Ellis-Williams, also known as Coach Michele:
Non-Medical Home Care – How to Become A Successful Caregiver
Always be respectful – it is important to exhibit respect whenever you are providing care or discussing or recommending anything to the client and/or their representative or family members. Even when they question your work or voice concerns, remain respectful as you express your thoughts or navigate through an argument of any nature. However, if the client and/or their family members are not willing to return the gesture, i.e., to respect you as well, don’t hesitate to talk to your supervisor. No one deserves to be disrespected and disregarded, and this includes caregivers.
Always be open/honest – being open or honest is not going to be difficult as long as you are not doing anything wrong. Answer any questions your client or their family members might have honestly, and always adhere to your employer’s policies regarding respecting your clients and their property. While you are it, establish a foundation of trust with your agency/employer too.
Involve the family/legal representative – as a senior care provider or caregiver, it is going to be your responsibility to assure your client’s family or legal representatives that, yes indeed, their loved one is in the best hand possible. To achieve this, you will want to occasionally involve them in your caregiving duties. For example, does your client have an upcoming medical appointment? Why not involve a family member or any other representative to tag along? That way, they get to see firsthand how the relationship between the caregiver and their loved one is faring on. This will also give them an opportunity to raise concerns or ask questions. But most importantly, they get to spend time with their loved one.
Do you have more tips you’d like to see shared on this site? Maybe you have a question you’d love to ask an expert, or you are an adult child or an elderly person who is looking for a non-medical home care provider you can depend on? Feel free to get in touch with Astin Home Care through the details provided below. We are here for you!