4 Essentials for Being a Better Caregiver
Being a caregiver is not an easy task, no matter the level of dependence the individual receiving care has. Putting someone else’s needs before yours isn’t always easy or fun, but the more often you remind yourself of the incredible work you are doing and how you can boost the effectiveness of that assignment, the more rewarding your career will be!
Here are just a few essentials of what it takes. We hope these snippets of wisdom will boost your confidence and remind you of the amazing job you do as a caregiver!
Be a problem solver
Caregivers are problem solvers by nature, which means that thankfully, over time, we can learn to deal with almost any situation life throws at us. By living with our clients we can quickly learn more about their unique struggles, challenges, and desires. Being empathetic is a huge part of being able to tailor the type of care and advice you’re getting!
Ask for feedback
As a caregiver, it’s important to learn not to talk “at” someone, but to loop them into the conversation. Allow your conversations to flow, and always be willing to explore other points of view. The conversation should always go two ways.
Prepare for the awkward, unexpected moments
Life is far from perfect, which means that anytime you go through the lows, you need to prepare accordingly. Don’t take yourself too seriously, and make sure to deflect any awkward situations with humor and humility. You are someone your client looks up to – so be their pillar in times of strife.
Don’t let people push your buttons
Sometimes you may have to interact with people that have a more brash sense of humor or are very sarcastic. Perhaps they like to push people’s buttons just to get a reaction. Whenever you are in a situation where you feel like someone is instigating an argument, remove yourself from that situation.
Above all, make sure that you hold yourself to the highest standards as a professional caregiver, and focus on meeting unmet needs and conflicts with grace.