No matter where you are in your caregiving journey, we think these 6 useful tips will help you become the best caregiver possible.
Everyone has days when they are too sick to come into work or they run a few minutes late. When things like that happen, you should communicate with your leadership team! They can also help you with clocking in and out, and any other questions you might have about your client’s care. Communicating with your office is also a good way to make sure that everyone who takes care of your client, including their family members, knows exactly what’s going on! Learn more about working with a care team here.
Key Point: Your leadership team can only help you if you tell them what you need!
You show clients you care.
Our clients choose home care for many reasons, but mostly because of the kind and helpful caregivers who make them feel good at home. To show clients you care, speak to them kindly, respect their home, and make sure that you take care of their needs as well as you can. It is also important that you leave your personal problems at home. In other words, don’t put unnecessary stress on your clients who care about you too!
Key Point: Clients appreciate the work of a kind and helpful caregiver!
You are on time.
Showing up to work on time is important at every job, but with home care, it is extra important. Imagine what could happen to your client if you are late or decide to not show up at all! Remember that they are counting on you to be there for them when you are scheduled to be.
Key Point: Late caregivers leave room for accidents to happen in their clients’ homes!
You follow the rules.
Caregivers cannot do their job right if they break important rules. At Senior Solutions, you should wear the correct uniform, keep yourself clean, and trim your nails short so you won’t scratch clients. It is even more important that you clock in and out, turn in timesheets on time, respond to all work messages, and show up ready to work! At the end of the day, our best caregivers follow the rules with smiles on their faces!
Key Point: Would your boss be proud of you if he or she were watching?
You are ready to learn
As a caregiver, you have to learn a lot in a small amount of time. Taking care of someone else’s personal needs and chores can be a huge task, and you won’t always know what they want and need at first. You should be ready to listen to everything: your boss’s advice, your client’s needs, and any feedback about how you can do better.
Key Point: Home care can be hard, but it’s easier when you are excited to learn and improve!
You go the extra mile.
We always have clients that need care. If you want to stand out from other caregivers, ask about taking extra shifts and working more hours. Your leadership team will be thrilled to have your extra help and our clients and their families will appreciate you too.
Key Point: Be a team player who works hard to help out!
It’s hard to be a caregiver, but it’s even harder to be a superstar caregiver! We think you have what it takes to shine and make our clients’ lives even brighter. We can’t wait to see how you grow in this rewarding career of care!