As a senior caregiver it is important that you practice the skills that potential clients are looking for. The following skills are ones that can be used in almost any care situation. Often, however, caregivers will overlook the basics and provide mediocre care. Take a look at our list and be mindful of these skills as you continue your caregiving career.
Empathy and Compassion
Often, seniors will want to talk about their experiences. Occasionally, you will discuss the difficult topics of aging and death. It is important for you to engage in these conversations. Your clients might feel uncomfortable talking to their family about these issues. So, you may be their only outlet for these feelings. Most importantly, caregivers who are empathetic and compassionate will resonate much more with their clients.
Caring for an aging person can present you with many unique problems. Some seniors, for example, rely heavily on care. Others however, may be too proud to accept any help at all. Being flexible and creative with your care solutions can make you a very dynamic and employable caregiver. Always be sure to include samples of your problem solving abilities in your caregiver portfolio.
Attention to Detail
You are on the front line of your client’s health care. So, you will be the first person to notice a change in your client’s health. While any major concerns should be reported to a doctor, recognize that your attentiveness will help prevent hospitalizations. As a result, having a proven record of attention to detail will make you more employable as a senior caregiver.
One of the biggest things that can drive a divide between you and a family you provide care for is a lack of communication. You should always have an established method of communication. However, it is also important to adjust to your client’s needs. Always keep a care journal to note status changes and be on alert for calls from your client. The easier you make communication for your client’s the better your relationship will be.
As an independent senior caregiver you are typically unsupervised. Due to this, many clients will be skeptical that you might waste time in their home. To keep yourself on task complete a daily check list that is easily accessible to your client. This way you can prove to your client that you are staying on task. When you respect your client’s time you will be rewarded with their loyalty.
When you practice these 5 important care skills, the quality of care you provide will exceed your client’s expectations.
Be sure to always provide your best care, and you will be rewarded with loyal clients.