New to Caregiving? Here is How You Can Beat the Learning Curve

    Studies have demonstrated many of the elderly
    are more afraid of losing their independence than they are of dying. There
    really is no place like home, which is why it is important to keep your loved
    ones safe and help them maintain their independence. One way to accomplish this
    is to provide in-home care as needed. If you are new to the world of
    caregiving, it can be slightly overwhelming. However, there are a few
    strategies you can use to reduce your stress and make the transition easier.

    Step Out — As a new caregiver, it can be overwhelming and challenging at the same time. Part of this initial discomfort comes from the varied tasks you will perform throughout your shift at your client’s home. The sooner you step into your role, introduce yourself to those around you and take charge, the sooner you will begin to feel more comfortable in the vital role you play in keeping your client home and safe.

    You Have Rights — Remember, as a caregiver, you are not entirely at the beck and call of your client and their family. You have the right to take care of yourself, to seek help from others and to take pride in what you accomplished. Stepping into the role of a caregiver is challenging and often results in focusing on the needs of your client and forgetting about yourself. It's important to remember the care you give will be supported by your own ability to care for yourself.

    Ask Questions — You've likely heard it 1,000 times before, but the most dangerous question is the one you never asked. No matter how stupid you might think the question sounds, there is no such thing as a dumb question. Every caregiver is taking the same journey and understands that in order to provide the best care possible you must operate with the most information possible.

    Rely on Your Interpersonal and Communication Skills — Communication is an art that often takes years to master. While they try to teach it in school, the reality is you must acquire this skill through practice and interactions with others. When you're new to being a caregiver, it's important to practice interpersonal skills with your client since they rely on you to be professional and present while you're in their home. This means, putting down your digital communication and ignoring your text messages while giving your undivided attention to your client.

    Stay Calm — At some point you're likely to run into a patient's, family member who may be angry and out of control. It's important to remember most of this anger is not directed at you personally, but rather at their situation or information, they may have just received. When you stay calm, speak quietly and don't react to the situation, you'll go a long way toward maintaining peace and demonstrating confidence in your abilities.

    Work With Harmony!

    At Harmony, we are committed to providing quality care for our clients and offering our staff the best support possible since this creates a win/win situation for all involved. Contact us today and we’ll help you start on your new career path.

    We’re here to help. Call us now, or we can call you.