Caregiver Do’s and Don’ts
Being employed as a Caregiver is different than working in an office or retail store. Providing in home care services means your job really is a matter of life or death. If a Caregiver slacks off or doesn’t report to work, the consequences are much more serious. This is one reason why not everyone is capable of being a Caregiver, Home Helper, Nurse Aide, Hospital / Nursing Home Sitter, Nanny, Personal Care Assistant, Senior Companion, Home Health Aide, Respite Caregiver, Medical Assistant, Child Care Provider or Hospice Care Giver. It’s very important to remember that the patient’s safety and health depend on you doing your job diligently. Below are some basic Do’s and Don’ts for Care Providers required by A-1 Home Care Agency.
- Be punctual, reliable and dependable
- Wear clean scrubs and non-skid shoes everyday
- Be aware of your own grooming and hygiene. Nobody will trust you to care for their loved one if you can’t take care of yourself.
- Be positive, upbeat and friendly. Nothing beats a positive attitude. Smile!
- Listen to the patient and treat him with respect and compassion at all times
- Keep the client’s home clean and fresh
- Be courteous to friends, family and visitors to the patient’s home
- Be professional
- Be patient and kind
- Don’t be opinionated or argue with patient or family. The client is your employer and it is not your home. Show respect and restraint.
- Don’t be childish. The patient is not well; do not take offense if she is verbally abusive.
- Do not argue with patient or their family. Be willing to say “I misunderstood”, “I’m sorry, how would you prefer I …”. Caregiving is a job, not a battle of wills.
- Say “I can’t” or “I’m not able to …” or “I don’t have time”
- Don’t offer your opinion. You are there to provide service not answer medical questions or suggest client commit loved one to a nursing home.
- Do not use cell phone while on duty.
- Do not quit or walk off job during your shift. You must follow proper procedures to be removed from a job.
- Do not use foul language while on duty.
A-1 Home Care has jobs and employment opportunities for experienced Caregivers. We have senior, elderly, handicapped and disabled clients located in San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, South Bay area, Orange County and Los Angeles County.
For more information, call 562-929-8400!