Our Caregivers

A professional caregiver is a special type of person. Their work is done in private, and often goes unnoticed or unappreciated. The caregiver is a people person, and takes great pride in being able to provide the skills to promote health, independence, and well being to the client.

Caregivers will assume many different roles, from friend to cook to confidante, sometimes even as a traveling companion.

A professional caregiver is a servant, an extension of the client’s household dedicated to performing the given tasks as quietly and efficiently as possible.

As we age, many things happen to our bodies and minds. These can include incontinence, Alzheimer’s, strokes, weakness and depression. Wounds and broken bones are among the many other maladies encountered. To be a good caregiver a person needs to be humble and, above all, caring and fully prepared to meet the requirements of the position.

GOLDEN RULE:

Never say or do anything to another person that you would not want said or done to you.

We, as caregivers, cannot replace the love and support of an elderly person’s family; we can, however, provide helpful and necessary services that reduce the difficult time-consuming and often stressful aspects of family caregiving. There are many chores and duties that come with the position. Following are some DO NOT’S as far as a professional caregiver is concerned.

A professional caregiver should not:

  1. Spend the shift on the phone talking to their friends.
  2. Use the client's phone without permission (hopefully they have their own cell phone).
  3. Bring their laundry (should not even ask to do this).
  4. Talk all the time. If the client wants to talk to you, fine. Caregivers do not impose themselves on the client.
  5. Help themselves to food without asking or being offered.
  6. Use the client's computer while there, or ask to watch TV while on shift.
  7. Does not give medical advice, but refers to the family doctor.
  8. Never takes it upon themselves to rearrange client's home and belongings, unless asked to do so.

A professional caregiver should:

Seek continuing education to be up to date on current issues affecting the elderly.