You’ve no doubt heard of the uber-successful book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Well I’ve decided to create a similar list for people with caregiver jobs. I call it, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in Caregiver Jobs.”
The highly effective caregiver . . .
1. Is motivated for the right reasons. Only people whose hearts are in the right place truly thrive in a caregiver job. This means your goal is to help others live better, fuller lives, even when it’s difficult.
2. Is well-trained. Caregivers who have some form of caregiver training under their belt are more likely to succeed in their careers. They know what they’re doing, how to do it, and are less likely to experience caregiver burnout.
3. Is a good communicator. This means being able not only to communicate your own feelings and thoughts, but to listen well and understand the perspective of your client. Additionally, caregivers need to communicate well with co-workers, staff, and supervising nurses.
4. Does not need to be in CONTROL at all times. Great caregivers understand that it’s important to allow clients to maintain as much control as possible. Many caregivers are often far too overbearing without even realizing it.
5. Collaborates with clients. Caregivers who can work with their clients to overcome conflict and reach a solution are far more successful than those who are stubborn and hard. Understand that you too make mistakes and be willing to admit your shortcomings to your client.
6. Has good time management skills. There can be a lot to get done in one day with just one client, let alone many! Great caregivers know how to handle their time at work to maximize their efficiency and get the most done.
7. Knows when to take a step back. Highly effective caregivers know when they’re approaching caregiver burnout, and they know to step back and allow themselves time to recuperate.
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