Pros: rewarding and fulfilling
Cons: long hrs, no breaks away or lunches away from your client, but on the bright side you always have a lunch or dinner date, no insurance or benfits, and no room for growth or many raises, no over time pay.
Duties: Provide professional and individual care for my client/patient/resident. Provide emotional, physical, and at times, domestic care for my patient as well as their family. Help patient with their daily grooming needs. Cook for and feed patient as needed. Make sure my patient is safe and that all their needs are taken care of .
The most enjoyable – more... part of my job is bringing joy and happiness to my clients. I do this by learning about my client and the things that they enjoy. I have learned since becoming a caregiver that being a bit silly and playful can help my clients open up to me.
I work well with my co-workers, and I often share things that I have learned about my client that will assist them in helping our client happier and gladly accept any information that will also aid me in doing the same. It is important to know as co-workers we are on the same team.
The hardest part of this job in my opinion is watching a client that you've grown to care about get sick, watch their health go done and losing your client to death.
The elderly have so much to teach the younger generations, so please take the time to get to know them. – less