March 22, 2018 by
The ability to put others before yourself and provide round-the clock, personalised care for an elderly person is a trait that makes live in care jobs extremely valuable. Being available to reduce the strain on family members and to care for an elderly person is a vocation that is highly prized in the care sector. But what else should a live-in carer be?
What a carer should do
Ideally, a live-in carer will be able to:
- Assist with all kinds of personal care, including washing, bathing, shaving, oral care toileting and hair care
- Help with the client’s mobility, including getting the client in and out of bed, up and down stairs, into wheelchairs and driving the client around
- Assist with all aspects of the client’s diet, including shopping for groceries, meal planning and food preparation
- Help the client take their medication regularly and carefully, including the storage of medicines
- Assist the client with correspondence and financial matters such as bill paying and collecting their pension
- Help out with daily household chores including dusting, vacuuming, laundry and making beds
- Assist the client with activities such as gardening or getting to social groups
The duties and expectations of a live in care worker require someone who is dedicated, selfless, honest and hard-working. A carer needs to be caring, compassionate and patient. A sense of humour and a sociable personality would also be beneficial, as they would be in close proximity to another person for a lot of the day.
Having live-in care is a great way for an elderly person to retain their independence and dignity. Keeping their family home, pets and mementos can mean keeping their freedom, and live-in carers are there to provide daily support for independent elderly people.
It is not just physical tasks that a live-in carer will need to fulfil. It is very important that a live-in carer is intuitive, and can pick up on what their client is not saying. Being sensitive to facial expressions and tone of voice will help determine if something is wrong. Care companies will do their best to match up a live-in carer with a client that has a similar personality type or preferences, but carers have to be supportive of their client’s needs in all aspects.
It is also important to remember that live-in carers are there for when the elderly cannot do things for themselves. It may well be that the client would prefer to see if they can perform their daily tasks by themselves, and carers should be respectful of this, encouraging them to take charge of their own lives. Offering verbal support is as helpful as offering physical support.
Above all, a live-in carer is someone that gets great pleasure from others being happy and comfortable. Understanding someone else’s perspective and being supportive of this is something that all carers should have. A caring and compassionate nature is absolutely essential for those looking to become a live-in carer.
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