Being a caregiver comes with a lot of stress and responsibility. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed and unfortunately, many caregivers give into burnout and quit their jobs. Thankfully, you can help minimize the stress that your caregiver might be feeling. Here are some ways to do that.
Start the new year with recognition of your caregiver’s efforts
The holidays are behind us, but that doesn’t mean your generosity and gratitude must end. The start of a new year is a great time to evaluate your caregiver’s salary and benefits. When was the last time you provided a raise? Maybe you should consider giving your caregiver enhanced benefits this year, with more paid time off. Consider what ways you can recognize your caregiver for a job well done.
Don’t neglect safety
Caregivers have a big responsibility to keep your loved one safe. Eliminate stress related to safety around the home by making safety a number one priority. Make sure you check around the home for cords that could pose tripping hazards and tie them up or secure them. Declutter the space, so there is nothing that your elderly loved one could stumble over.
Check in with your caregiver regularly. Make sure they are doing okay emotionally and physically while caring for your loved one. Ask them if they have what they need to do their job well. If they communicate that they need help or assistance to help make their job go more smoothly, don’t delay. This job can be exhausting and showing that you care about their mental and physical wellbeing goes a long way.
Your senior caregiver helps give your loved one the care that they need and deserve at this stage in their life. Treating your caregiver with respect and compassion, while ensuring they are paid fairly and legally, are all keys to maintaining a long, healthy working relationship.
If you are searching for a caregiver to join your home, our experienced team at Household Staffing can help. We will listen to your unique situation and ensure we find the perfect match for your family. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your loved one is in good hands.