TOP 10 CAREGIVER TIPS FOR MAINTAINING HEALTH
Caring for yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver. It’s key to maintaining your own health and well-being. When you feel better, you can take better care of your loved one.
Keep these simple steps in mind to ensure you find the time and resources to take care of yourself:
To be a great caregiver, you need to have the desire to learn all you can about performing the duties of a caregiver, the desire to perform those senior care duties to the best of your ability, and the desire to deliver care coupled with compassion.
Any agency you work with should help you learn about your duties and show you how to perform them, whether it be through training classes or shadowing another caregiver. But you have to bring the desire to learn, practice, and perform those duties with excellence.
The strongest desire you need to bring is your desire to be compassionate in your work – to truly care about your client’s well-being and put their needs above yours as you go through your day. Showing compassion to the person you’re caring for is more than just doing something for them; it’s showing them that you care about them while you’re doing it.
The best caregivers are dedicated to their work. They see caregiving as a lot more than just a job or a paycheck; they see it as a calling. Being a professional caregiver isn’t easy work. A caregiver exerts a lot of physical and mental energy every day. They have to constantly be aware of what their client is doing or wants to do, how they’re feeling, and how they can help. This may entail sitting down and reading with a client or bustling around the kitchen as you prepare a meal for them.
To have that energy day in and day out takes dedication. Dedication to the client, dedication to your work, and dedication to representing your agency professionally. It’s that dedication that separates the good from the great.
The Oxford Dictionary defines diligence as “careful or persistent work or effort.” Another way to say it is “work ethic.”
Being a caregiver requires a strong work ethic. You have to work a full day consistently; not just physically be there, but give all of yourself all day.
Part of your day requires exerting yourself physically as you care for a client. For example, you’ll often need to help them in and out of the bathtub or shower, move steadily from a bed to a chair, do light housekeeping around their home, or go grocery shopping with them.
You also have to be diligent to engage mentally and emotionally with your client every day. Older adults need mental stimulation, whether it be reading a book together, watching a game show, or playing a game of checkers or rummy.
NOW HIRING FOR COMPASSIONATE CAREGIVERS
We are always looking for caregivers who truly love what they do. Our caregivers are the heart of what we do, and we think of them as family. Join our team and make a difference in the life of someone in your community today!
Lisa Artz, Site Coordinator
How do you spend your time outside of work?
“I love to be outdoors in the summer after work. Sommer Concerts Golf Lake Days, Car Races, and anything else that sounds fun. LOL”
Are you bingeing any shows?
“I am not bingeing on any shows. I don’t watch much TV.”
If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something what would it be?
“I would love to be a Veterinarian, I love animals.”
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
“I am permanently blind in my right eye since I was 12 years old due to a detached Retina”
What do you do to turn things around when having a bad day?
“I take a moment to myself and pray. I find the positive in every situation and ask for guidance throughout my day.”
Do you have a hidden talent?
“I am a great party planner.”
If you had to pick one age to be forever, which age would you choose?
“Age is just a number, you’re only as old as you feel, as long as it makes you happy, age doesn’t matter.”
Why did you choose Caring Friends?
“I love people & I am passionate about helping others and making a difference in their lives. Working for Caring Friends allows me to do
just that. Spreading kindness should be a goal for all of us.”