Finally, you’ve been hired as a caregiver in Victoria BC! What and how should you prepare? And what can you expect on your first day of work as a caregiver? Apart from your home care agency, Caregiver Jobs Victoria can also help you come prepared and excel on your first day. We’ve put together a list below of some of the things you need to know.
1. Your duties and responsibilities vary on the care needs of the client.
Anticipate that every caregiver’s job descriptions vary on the care needs of the senior client. Typically, you will administer medication and assist with bathing, toileting, and dressing. But these are not all. It is also your duty to do light housekeeping, prepare meals, and provide support while the client performs some exercise routines, according to the advice of the physician. Because of this, you may want to create a work schedule and a meal plan in advance so you will not struggle. If you’re not sure how to do these two, you can get insights from your home care agency.
2. Get to know your client ahead of time.
To minimize uneasiness on the first day, get to know the senior you’ll be caring for in advance. Your home care agency typically has the information you’ll need. Read it carefully and study how you can build a connection with your client. Also, you may want to know what qualities the family expects from the caregiver. This way, you will also know what else to do.
3. Simply ask if you need anything.
You think you are already doing your best, but you are not sure if that’s what they also think about you. On your mind, you have questions like, “Am I doing what they expect from me?”. “How can I help my client feel better?”, and “Do they still need anything from me?” Connect with the client and the family. What you need to do is to stop thinking and start asking.
Get that first-day jitter off your mind and body. Instead, prepare for your first day of work as a caregiver. Take note of the list we shared here. Also, at the end of the day, you may want to talk to your senior client or to the family about their feedback. It never hurts to ask. Truth is that it may even help you get better the next day.