Congratulations! You have landed your first caregiving job with a family you are yet to work for officially. You are excited about the new role, as the family seem warm and hospitable.
As part of the preparation process, you have had training and read varied articles on caregiving in anticipation for your first day but you still are anxious about your role and even contemplating to speak to a professional caregiver for tips on how to sail through your new career.
This piece has got all you need to know about making a debut as a caregiver and how to sail through your career.
Likes and dislikes/Dos and Don’ts
The first time you meet the family of the care receiver, it is best to ask about the likes and dislikes of the family and also about the dos and don’ts. Most importantly getting to know interests and needs of the senior you are going to care for is always a good starting point. Having all these in mind guides your actions and ensures you are always on the right path.
As stressful as this job can be, you will need to form solid networks and partnerships with experienced caregivers, professionals or organizations you can fall on for support when overwhelmed with responsibilities or when you need advice. This will make your job a lot easier. Connecting with people already in the field could link you to resources and other materials to help nurture and grow your career.
As a first time caregiver, you don’t want to seem unprepared for the job but forgetting what to do at a particular time will easily give you away. Scheduling activities for each day and having a to-do list would enable you execute your duties seamlessly and at the set time. The only thing that could catch up on you would be emergencies which of course no one has control of.
This is an important tool in beginning your journey as a caregiver. Getting all the necessary contacts will afford you a smooth ride into your job. You should also learn more about the medications your client is currently taking and the right way to administer it. Nothing is more frustrating than searching for a contact or being unable to administer drugs because you have little or no information about the medication.
Quash Dependency feel
Remember you always have to ensure your client feels part of every decision you take as a caregiver. Ultimately, you need to make them feel part of the caregiving process. Try to let them do little stuff they can handle themselves occasionally so they don’t feel over dependent on you.
Advancing in your caregiving career or taking extra courses will go a long way to improve your work while putting you ahead of your colleagues in the industry. Taking a course in First Aid would enable you attend to emergencies while waiting for help and this make you more of an asset to your client.
Caregiving as most experienced caregivers concur isn’t a faint-hearted field; you need to be cladded in the armour of patience to sail through.