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