In May we shared the thoughts of one of our carers on her journey from first thinking about being a live-in carer, through the application process to completion of her carer induction training. Now, after being a carer for a few months, she shares her thoughts on being a live-in carer.
Out in the field
Being in the field after training is very exciting! Believe you me you will never forget your first client.
It is vital to keep in mind that, as a carer, you are in someone else’s house. I’ve found clients become distressed when their routine is changed. The clients have a way of life that suits them and it is the carer’s duty to respect that and to fit into their routine. Adaptability will soon become a trait! When starting off working with a new client it can be difficult to learn their daily routine. You may feel frustrated and overwhelmed by all the facets. It is important to give yourself a few days to adapt. You will find that soon enough it becomes second nature. Truth be told, I have picked up some nifty tips in cooking and folding laundry from the clients!
What has stood out the most for me is that it is the carer’s duty to promote independence for the client at all costs.
Even if it takes 20 minutes for the client to put on a pair of socks, allow them to. They need to feel capable in what they can still do. If I had to put the socks on for the client or rush them, they would lose that independence and not attempt it themselves again.
With regard to learning difficulties, the clients need to be stimulated. It may seem easy to sit and watch television with the client all day but a part of the job is to help these particular clients learn and hone new skills. This boosts their self confidence.
Rushing an elderly, unsteady client due to being frustrated could lead to a fall. This is not what I want to happen. Patience is key!
Patience, consistency and adaptability are all traits I’ve needed to employ since being a carer. Clients are also very perceptive to their carer’s facial expressions and body language so, again, it is vital to be both caring and consistent in my approach.
I am happy to be able to work with an array of clients with differing needs as this way I will be able to find my niche. Sometimes what we think we can’t deal with, we actually can!
I’ve found that a long walk during my breaks is a great way to ground myself and clear my mind.
It can’t be easy for the client having to adjust to different people and personalities on a regular basis that is why I cannot stress enough that I feel all carers need to employ the same qualities:
- and good listening skills.
I am looking forward to meeting new clients and honing my skills in order to be the best carer I can be!
Join our team
For anyone considering a career as a live-in carer, please get in touch so we can show you why Christies Care is a top employer in this sector. We want to welcome people into the team and give you the training, skills and support to make your career in care a happy one that you can be proud of.
Want to apply? Visit our recruitment section or take a look at our ‘A day in the life of a carer’ blog.