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How to Prepare for Your First Day as an In-Home Caregiver

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The first-day on-the-job jitters are normal, but for in-home caregivers, it can be more nerve-wracking because it’s different from entering a typical office environment. In-home caregivers often face unique challenges when entering the home of a new senior. This is because, when a person shows up in someone else's personal space and is unsure of what they're walking into, it can be an uncomfortable situation for both the client and caregiver. The client will feel more at ease if you take the time to get to know them and their needs before jumping into things. A good way to start this is to be subtle and gracious, rather than coming on too strong. This will build the start of a healthy working relationship.

Here are some expert tips to help prepare for your first day as a caregiver, and how you can make it go as smoothly as possible.

Learn About the Client in Advance

When meeting a client for the first time, it is always best to come prepared with some knowledge about them. This will help you avoid any awkwardness or surprises. Start by asking them what tasks they want assistance with, and then find out more about their personal care or companion care needs. Ask what their expectations are and what qualities they are looking for in a caregiver.

Arrive with a Positive Attitude

The best way to approach a new caregiving job is to show up with an open mind and willingness. Be present and listen carefully to the client and any family members that may be involved. Listening with compassion and empathy can help ease any stress or uncomfortableness. It’s also important to keep in mind that you’re there to help with more than just the client’s physical needs, but also their mental and emotional needs. This may also be a family’s first time having a caregiver in their home, so it is best to approach the situation as a guest in the home.

Assess Family Dynamics

It is important to pay attention to how the client and their family members interact. Each home has a unique dynamic, and you will need to adjust and assess the dynamic. If a married couple still sleeps in the same bedroom, be aware of their privacy and respect any boundaries. If you are unsure how to handle this, then ask. Adult children can sometimes be more of an impediment to the care of their parent, so you should be respectful while asking them about their expectations.

Ask Questions

For experienced caregivers, there may be an intuitive sense of what needs to be done in any given situation. However, assuming you know what a client or their family member needs can create problems if not addressed with care and consideration, especially because expectations may differ on each side. You should ask the client even if it was covered before.

Get Feedback at the End of the Day

At the end of the day, take a few moments to check in with your client to get their feedback on how they feel the day went and if there is anything they want done differently. Rapport builds, so if the first day didn’t go as smoothly as you had hoped, don’t stress.

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