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Patricia

Brief info

1. What made you decide to become a Caregiver?

I decided to become a caregiver at a very young age after being exposed to the role of a neighbor. From caregiver to LNA to increase my knowledge in the field.

2. What does professionalism mean to you?

Conducting myself in a compassionate, empathetic demeanor provides me the professionalism I strive for.

3. What does preparation mean to you in regards to your workday?

Prioritize, make a schedule, list. Preparing by making a list of ordered tasks. Ahead of time, retrieve items I need to complete my routines. Keeping organized prevents anxiety and risk, plan ahead.

4. What does framework mean to you in the caregiver arena?

Knowledge, a basis to provide care – scope of practice. To work within my scope of practice, follow policies and procedures, observe and report.

5. How are you meeting the needs of others as a Caregiver?

Knowledge of tasks, communication, respecting the clients.

6. Professionalism: How do you take responsibility for yourself?

Attitude: Positive
Mood: Respectful, neutral
Motivation: Eager but with restraint and boundaries
Job knowledge: Continuing education
Compassion: Caring and understanding

7. Preparation: How do you reduce risk to yourself and your client?

Communication, explain care before providing it. Ask questions when you’re not sure of the client’s needs and comfort, consult a care plan.

8. What does proper attire mean to you?

Well-groomed meaning clean, neat, covering most of your arms and legs.

9. What does proper mobility mean to you?

Using safe body mechanics to prevent injury. Using a board for support. Bending knees when lifting.

10. What precautions do you take?

Bend knees, keep back straight, pivot.

11. What observations do you make when working?

I use my senses, eyes, ears, nose, and touch.

12. What does self-control mean to you?

Staying calm, neutral.

13. What does it mean to follow a care plan?

Help clients achieve goals of care. List the task.

14. What is proper communication?

Stating message and receiving feedback, verbal or nonverbal, actively listen and encourage.

15. How do you maintain a proper environment?

Observation, safety, listening.

16. How do you maintain meeting the basic needs of your client?

Be patient, speak clearly and slowly, do not use cliches, be respectful, keep a safe environment.

17. What does patience mean to you in the framework of caregiving?

Be courteous but focused and on task. Empathize – try to understand others’ feelings, keep a positive attitude.

18. How do you handle the unexpected?

Remain calm, be patient, stay flexible.

19. What does proper documentation look like?

Documentation is up to date, records accurately, observations, completed work, facts, status, and care provided. The document immediately, sign, be specific, black ink.

20. How do you review and improve?

Continuing education class, in-services.

Patricia