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1. What made you decide to become a Caregiver?

My compassion for others includes the elderly.

2. What does professionalism mean to you?

Means for me to be reliable, responsible, punctual, and to do everything with excellence.

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

To prepare myself beforehand. As a caregiver, it’s helpful to review the schedule before the work week begins. To review the client’s care plan. Contact the case manager if you have any questions. Also have everything personal organized before, such as your lunch, what you will wear, directions to the client’s home, etc.

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

To give the client the best of care.

Purpose: For the client to receive the best care possible, to meet their physical and emotional needs, to encourage independence as much as possible, and for them to be safe.

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

We as caregivers, meet client’s physical needs such as food and water, their safety needs such as they are secure in their own home and are safe while sitting or walking. We also meet their esteem and social/emotional needs. The other examples are personal care, meal prep, companionship, and housekeeping.

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

Attitude: I try to keep in check how my attitude is – want to be positive
Mood: Try to be cheerful when appropriate
Motivation: Try to have a list of tasks to complete and finish them well
Job knowledge: Try to remain teachable/willing to learn. Take the initiative to look up new information, etc.
Compassion: Respond to the person with compassion and understanding

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

Review and understand the care plan for the client. Open communication with the case manager about any concerns that pop up. Ask questions beforehand and at all times if needed. Make sure the client has what is needed to be safe.

8. What does proper attire mean to you?

To dress professionally according to employee guidelines of the TLC Homecare.

9. What does proper mobility mean to you?

To be able to move freely according to each person’s capability.

10. What precautions do you take?

Knowing their care plan. Making sure there is proper equipment that the client may need to use. Make sure I inspect the equipment ongoing to make sure it’s safe; walker, gait belt, wheelchair, etc., and make sure they have the equipment they need.

11. What observations do you make when working?

I watch the client as they walk, transfer, etc. to see if there are any issues. Before they walk or transfer to a wheelchair, look at their clothes/shoes and make sure everything is on properly. I also observe how the client’s complexion looks too etc. I also observe the environment and make sure the area is safe that they are going to.

12. What does self-control mean to you?

To be able to control yourself in any situation. For example, controlling my emotions.

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

To follow a care plan means to implement what the client needs according to the plan. Also, to put into practice everything the care plan says. Sometimes there are restrictions that need to be followed.

14. What is proper communication?

Having a conversation that does not involve any of your personal information and is concerning issues that are proper.

15. How do you maintain a proper environment?

By protecting the client’s privacy. An example: closing the drapes while going to the restroom. Making sure all the areas are clean and secure. Safety is important too.

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

Open communication with the client. Asking the client questions to help you know what they need. Ask them throughout the day if they need anything. When having a conversation you may discover a need they have. Open communication with the family too.

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

Putting your client’s needs before your own, they go at a certain pace then go according to that pace.

18. How do you handle the unexpected?

Calmly, gently and with patience. Thoroughly assess the situation before responding.

19. What does proper documentation look like?

To write only what are the facts in a given situation or about an individual etc. Best to stay away from your opinion. Use appropriate language.

20. How do you review and improve?

Communicate with your coworkers and case manager. Take courses to improve myself – training etc. Learn new information.