Caregiver Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Caregiver in Sterling Heights:
"Having patience is virtue."
Being patient and taking your time is key. As well as good observation.

Caregiver in Nitro:
Teat them let u would your friend and let them be them don't give them orders let them do every thing they can with little help from u don't make them feel like some thing is wrong with them if they want to talk about things with u let them talk most of them is very loving to others a they talk to any one they see some time while you out with them if we were more like them it would be a better world.

Caregiver in Monterey:
"Keep fit."
Keep health and fitness regularly.

Caregiver in Nashville:
"Patience."
Be very patient. Never take it too personal. You will grow to love these elders like family. It's inevitable. Always respect them and you will be rewarded by feeling good within your self for all you do. God bless.

Caregiver in Cleveland:
"Everything."
Know what your getting into.

Caregiver in Greenville:
"Dealing with Alzheimer's."
The stress levels are off the scale. The main thing to learn / have is a world full of patience. Alzheimer's / Dementia clients are sweet as sugar one minute, & the next, mean as a snake. Don't be offended.....they know somewhere, a change has happened, don't know what, & if you "react" badly, it makes the situation worse on your client. They usually fixate on one or two things, & you will explain over & over. Be consistent with your responses. The perk to mine is her sweetness, her smile, her valuable knowledge. If she just "spits" out her response, no thinking 'bout it, she's always right. She's 90, and amazing. Gets confused, & since I'm the one with her everyday, everything is my fault. I just agree. BUT, learn patience, patience, patience. !!! They need you to help them, not do further harm.

Caregiver in La Quinta:
"Give it your all!!!"
These people need love every day show them passion and care.