Characteristics of a Professional Caregiver

The most effective way to assist an elderly person is to maintain a professional demeanor. I have witnessed caregivers relinquishing their professional power when they see themselves as “one of the family” or the “best friend”. When this occurs, it often becomes difficult to assist the elderly with activities of daily living such as bathing, changing, exercise, etc. as the elderly client no longer sees the caregiver as one with authority. The caregiver, home care agency and client and/or representative share a role in maintaining professionalism. Below are some suggestions for each to consider to ensure the elderly client receives the excellent care they deserve. AGENCY: The agency administrator is responsible to educate caregivers of agency expectations regarding professionalism during orientation and throughout their employment. Should the administrator, nurse or office manager detect an unprofessional act or demeanor, each has a responsibility to address the caregiver to assist them in regaining their professional demeanor. Taking action early benefits the elderly client and prevents the caregiver from getting stressed out. When a caregiver sees themselves as a professional, the elderly client and others will too. The agency administrator is responsible to bring awareness to the elderly client and/or client representative of agency expectations of their caregivers during the initial service visit as well as the responsibilities of the elderly client and/or client representative. CAREGIVER: The agency’s expectations of professional care giving service include but not limited to: caregivers are to provide their own food/drink, refrain from sharing their personal problems with elderly client and/or client representative, show up for work on time clean and energetic, follow the care plan designed...

Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Elderly Loved Ones

Gift buying for the elderly person who has everything they need or lives in an assisted living facility where space is limited can be a challenging task. Santa Claus gave me some good ideas to pass onto you for the special seniors in your life. Most of these items can easily be found on the Lillian Vernon website or of course, at the North Pole if you put the order in early enough for Santa to deliver. If you are the caregiver of your loved one and need a break at this busy time of year, please call A Heart For You and let us lighten your load. 804-614-6193  Cane with Bling  Birth Month Flower Necklace  Custom House Sketch (we can make a referral)  Fresh Flowers  Puzzles / Word Books / Adult Coloring Books  Don’t forget the cool coloring pencils  Self Watering Planter  Eye Glass Holder  Life alert necklace or bracelet – Lillian Vernon has a great...

New Ideas for Dementia Care

Activities are a must for our memory care clients. It has recently been found that coloring is similar to meditating as it pauses the thought as one ponders on the task at hand. Being outdoors with bare feet in the grass when weather appropriate helps to stabilize mood and calm the mind from racing thoughts; something we can all benefit...