1. What made you decide to become a Caregiver?
I wanted the ‘hands-on experience’ with residents and patients to prepare me for a long-term career in the medical field. I wanted to learn how to personally connect with other people.
2. What does professionalism mean to you?
Dedication, determination, enjoying what you do career-wise.
3. What does preparation mean to you in regards to your workday?
Thinking ahead and about my residents… Do they have appointments? Is it their shower day? How can I make tomorrow better for my residents? Plan ideas, think of things to make me better as a caregiver.
4. What does framework mean to you in the caregiver arena?
To me, framework refers to the ‘aims’ of healthcare.
Purpose: Safety, timeliness, making patient number one, efficiency, patience.
5. How are you meeting the needs of others as a Caregiver?
I provide a bond, which has to be gained by the trust. With that trust, I am able to provide care for others.
6. Professionalism: How do you take responsibility for yourself?
Attitude: Good attitude; leave personal issues at home
Mood: Despite your problems, put ‘you’ aside and show that you care
Motivation: Keep going, push through, give your best
Job knowledge: I depend on my own knowledge and learn from others
Compassion: Always be compassionate to others, you never know
7. Preparation: How do you reduce risk to yourself and your client?
Safety first! Always know the guidelines to transfers, privacy, and HIPAA.
8. What does proper attire mean to you?
Clean, neat, proper scrubs. First impressions matter.
9. What does proper mobility mean to you?
Using proper equipment to transfer residents.
11. What observations do you make when working?
Change in behaviors with residents, appetite, change in physical aspects (color of skin, skin tears, etc.), attitudes or moods with other colleagues.
12. What does self-control mean to you?
Remaining calm under stress and having patience under stress.
13. What does it mean to follow a care plan?
Provide the proper care based on the resident and their special needs. Review their needs carefully.
14. What is proper communication?
Letting your colleagues know everything that’s going on, from breaks to patient care.
15. How do you maintain a proper environment?
Keep areas clean and organized, put equipment in designated areas.
16. How do you maintain meeting the basic needs of your client?
Create a bond with them. Get to know what they like and need. Learn their routine and apply what makes them happy.
17. What does patience mean to you in the framework of caregiving?
Having patience helps you maintain safety and efficiency. It helps you have a clearer mind.
18. How do you handle the unexpected?
Patience & acceptance.
19. What does proper documentation look like?
Collect intake on meds, correct output, physical assist.