1. What made you decide to become a Caregiver?
I was exposed to caregiving at a young age because my older brother had a near-drowning incident when he was 18months old and I have cared for him professionally since I was 16.
2. What does professionalism mean to you?
Coming prepared and organized to work and interacting with clients enough to form a bond, but while keeping boundaries to protect privacy and safety.
3. What does preparation mean to you in regards to your workday?
I strive to come to work physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared. This includes being properly groomed, well-rested, fully informed, properly fed, and in a relaxed frame of mind.
5. How are you meeting the needs of others as a Caregiver/PCA/LNA/Nurse?
I tend to be responsible for housework, companionship, a safety presence in mobility, assisting with basic hygiene, helping with exercises and massages, running errands, and meal prep.
6. Professionalism: How do you take responsibility for yourself?
Attitude: Leaving anything negative at the door and taking a deep breath
Mood: Being positive and always looking forward to the fun times with the client
Motivation: Knowing that what I’m doing truly makes a difference
Job knowledge: Reading care notes and changes in the care plan
Compassion: Understanding what the client is going through and talking and doing things with them to build a bond.
7. Preparation: How do you reduce risk to yourself and your client?
Watch for and remove fall hazards, follow sanitization and handwashing procedures, check dates on all food prepared, and not going past my scope of practice.
8. What does proper attire mean to you?
Closed-toed shoes, long pants, appropriate and modest top.
10. What precautions do you take?
Wearing gloves, brakes on walkers and wheelchairs, proper attire, have a phone for emergency calls.
11. What observations do you make when working?
Changes in the client’s awareness and attitude, reports or signs of pain/illness, items that need to be cleaned/restocked.
12. What does self-control mean to you?
Knowing what I need to do to accomplish a goal and not straying from my plan.