Senior Care Stress in Indianapolis, IN – Take Steps to Maintain a Positive Image
One thing that is very important to a number of people is their image. How other people view you really shouldn’t matter, but in our modern society it tends to be one of the driving forces for far too many individuals. When you are a caregiver, you certainly want to project an image that is positive and compassionate, but is that really the most important thing in the situation?
Provide the best care possible.
The most important thing when you are a caregiver is to make sure that the patient receives the highest quality of care that you can possibly provide. You may be concerned that the patient’s family members don’t think highly of you, but that shouldn’t really be a major factor if you are providing the best care that you possibly can for the patient.
However, if you are concerned about your image as an in-home care provider, there are some strategies that you can put into place that can boost your image and it may even have an impact on the quality of care you provide.
- Be on time.
Just because you are caring for an elderly individual who requires assistance from time to time, that doesn’t mean you can be late on a consistent basis. They may not need help most of the time, but if you are scheduled to be there at 4 PM, make sure you are there at least by 4 PM.
- Ask questions.
Always be engaged with the patient to make sure that you are providing an optimal level of care for him or her. Don’t just assume that you know what they need or what they want. Be willing to ask them questions and do so on a consistent basis.
Things can change over time and if you don’t change with them, you could end up doing things needlessly or missing out on opportunities to provide better support and care.
- Be engaged.
When you are at the patient’s home, make sure that you are engaged with them. It’s not enough to just sit around and wait for them to call you for assistance into or out of the shower or preparing a meal.
Encourage them to take part in various activities. Offer to play games or even do other things that the patient would enjoy.
When you follow these strategies, it will end up boosting your image as a caregiver.
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