5 Tips for Caregivers

Sandra Griffie By Sandra Griffie, 28th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1_0y1ggm/
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Working one on one with someone can be a lot of fun if you start out with them in the right way. Here are 5 tips I have learned through the years that have helped me with my clients.

Making Your Clients Comfortable with You

I've worked as a caregiver for almost 20 years, and I have enjoyed it very much. After working in a assisted living home, I finally started doing in home care. Working one on one with someone can be a lot of fun if you start out with them in the right way. Here are 5 tips I have learned through the years that have helped me with my clients.

Take Notes

On your first day with your client, it's always a good idea to take notes. This is the time when you will be learning their likes and dislikes, things they want you to do for them, and how they would like it done. Some of these things might not be on your client info sheet, so you might want to write them down. Notes are also great to have for a client if you only work with them occasionally. Sharing your notes with your co-works can be very helpful.

Routine

Most elderly people have a certain way of doing things. They get set in a routine and they like for things to stay that way. For me, I love it. It makes my job less stressful when I know ahead of time what I have to do. Also, it's good for them to know you are not going to upset their life by changing things around to suit you. Something as simple as keeping the same routine can go a long way in trying to build that trusting bond with your client.

Interests

While your working with your client, find out what their interests are. You might be surprised to find out you have some things in common. If so, this will give you and your client something to talk about. Getting to know them can be a lot of fun, especially if they like sharing stories about their life.

Offer to do chores

When you have completed all your assigned tasks, and if time permits, it's always a good idea to offer to do other chores for them. It never hurts to offer, even if they tell you no. This way they know you would be willing to do something extra for them. A little extra help can make a difference in their attitude towards you in a very good way.

Sharing what works for your client

Don't keep secrets from your co-workers. If you find out that your client likes or dislikes something, please share this information with the rest of the team. Working together instead of against one another will make your job less stressful.

Just starting a career as a caregiver can be a challenge for some people, so don't be afraid to ask for advice from your co-workers. Always remember this, by making your client comfortable and happy, you are also making your client's family less stressed about the situation.

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Aides, Caregivers, Cna, Home Health Aides

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author avatar Sandra Griffie
I'm the author of "How Elmer Lost His Hop" and "The Snow Dancer". I enjoy writing children's stories.

I grew up in WV with a family of story tellers

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jul 2014 (#)

Good commitment here, thanks for the tips Sandra. Nothing ventured, nothing gained - siva

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author avatar Sandra Griffie
30th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you for the comment.

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