Being A Carer: A Mini Guide

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Being a carer can be one of the most rewarding jobs out there, and it can also be one of the most challenging and exhausting. There’s no one secret to making the job easier, but it’s crucial that you know how to do your job as well as you can, with compassion, care, and a genuine interest in someone else’s welfare. Before you become a carer, there are usually formal examinations and exercises that you have to complete and pass, however in some cases this isn’t possible. If you have to quite suddenly care for a family member when they become ill, then you have to learn as you go which can be demanding and stressful. Your number one priority should be your patient, client, or relative, so always be on hand to answer their needs and ensure that they’re getting the best quality care you can give them.

Don’t Miss Appointments

If you’re a live-in carer, then you’ll have to be in sole charge of all scheduled appointments that your patient needs to attend, as well as ensuring that they take the correct medications on time, and completing the cleaning and cooking yourself. In short, you are responsible for everything involving your own and someone else’s needs and requirements. Look after their best interests and attend every appointment on time and be prepared to ask questions about further treatment, medications and so forth. It may also be your responsibility to look into any possible lapses in their care. If you believe that the person you’re caring for has been let down by the medical system, then consider visiting to find out whether they could be owed compensation.

Take Time For Yourself

If caring for someone is a full time commitment for you, then it’s important that you take some time off just for yourself. If you’re caring for a family member, then try to hire a professional care worker who can relieve you for a day a week so that you can engage in activities you love, such as enjoying a day out with loved ones, going for a spa treatment, walking for miles in the countryside, or putting your feet up with a much beloved book, for example. By taking some time off, you’re more likely to feel refreshed, relaxed and ready to start work again the next day.

Ask Questions

Get to know who you’re looking after, and ask them questions about their life, interests, and passions. You’ll find the job easier if you’re engaged with the person you’re caring for and are genuinely interested by the stories and tales they have to tell. The more you get to know them on a personal level, then the more you’ll enjoy spending time with them, and vice versa. Ask questions frequently so that you’re able to get to grips with what foods they like and don’t like, how they like their tea, their clothes to be washed and folded, and how they favour to present their home, for example. Try to connect with them, and ask them about photos they might have laying around their house, as well as family members and past holidays.

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