1. What made you decide to become a Caregiver?
I feel as if my time is best spent caring for others. I also believe that all people should have the right to good quality, compassionate medical care.
2. What does professionalism mean to you?
Professionalism means taking pride and putting effort into my work, no matter the job, and always leading with a calm, diplomatic approach to any situation.
3. What does preparation mean to you in regards to your workday?
Going through the necessary steps before the day starts, or the night before, so that I can feel set up for success and not be stressed or frazzled.
4. What does framework mean to you in the caregiver arena?
The mentality in which you approach a certain task/patient.
Purpose: To go into a job/home/facility with the right mindset for the tasks/patients you will encounter.
5. How are you meeting the needs of others as a Caregiver?
By going to their home and delivering compassionate, quality care depending on the needs of the patient and their situation.
6. Professionalism: How do you take responsibility for yourself?
By knowing that I am in charge of myself
Attitude: Maintaining a positive outlook and mindset!
Mood: Checking myself throughout the day and breathing!
Motivation: Checking in with myself/asking how/where my motivation is.
Job knowledge: Always knowing there is more to learn.
Compassion: Reminding myself that other people are going through their own struggles/treat others the way I want to be treated.
7. Preparation: How do you reduce risk to yourself and your client?
Keeping in mind proper protocols/procedures and setting/knowing boundaries. IE – not helping someone up who can’t get up on their own.
8. What does proper attire mean to you?
Professional, comfortable clothing I can move/work in.
9. What does proper mobility mean to you?
The ability to move in ways that are necessary for the tasks at hand.
10. What precautions do you take?
Safety for myself and my clients/patients always. Keeping an “eyes open” approach to life in general.
11. What observations do you make when working?
Taking in my environment to make sure everything looks tidy and safe. Keeping an eye on potential safety hazards.
12. What does self-control mean to you?
Being in control of my words and actions. Checking myself before speaking/acting.
13. What does it mean to follow a care plan?
Following instructions provided by an LPN/RN in regards to a patient’s needs/routine/overall health.
14. What is proper communication?
When in doubt, communicate. Overdoing it is never a bad thing and being as clear as possible.
15. How do you maintain a proper environment?
Being aware of myself and others, making sure the environment is clean and free of potential risks.
16. How do you maintain meeting the basic needs of your client?
Communicating with them at all times/communicating with the RN in charge.
17. What does patience mean to you in the framework of caregiving?
Knowing that people do things in their own time/own way and letting them take that time without making them feel rushed.
18. How do you handle the unexpected?
As calmly as possible. Then, make a game plan.
19. What does proper documentation look like?
As with communication, overdoing it while being clear. If you don’t document, it didn’t happen!
20. How do you review and improve?
Check-in with supervisors, communicate, and stay open to feedback!