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What to Look for in a Caregiver?

When we were young, we felt invincible and that nothing can hurt us. But as we get older, we learn that aging can take its toll. When you reach a certain age and your body betrays you, you may need to find a quality caregiver that can help you in your daily life. Because it is so important to know the type of person that will be caring for you it is critical that you identify the top characteristics to ensure that your health and livelihood stays at a high level when you turn to a caregiver.

One of the most important aspects of a caregiver should be your ability to trust them. The caregiver role will be providing critical decisions about medication, doctors appointments and your overall well-being if you are incapacitated due to illness or old age. Because you are putting your life in the hands of another, it is important that you trust them. Furthermore, they need to demonstrate that they can be trusted with your health, home and finances because illness puts you in a vulnerable position.

It is also important that the person that you have taking care of you is certified and licensed. In Washington State caregivers can range from registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants and in-home health aides. Each certification requires different levels of training and experience. For some, a certified nursing assistant is all that is needed in your daily life. For others with more serious medical issues, a registered nurse may be the best option. As you find yourself in need of a caregiver evaluate the type of health issues and potential future health issues you are experiencing and hire accordingly.

A major part of providing the care for someone while they are sick is managing medications and appointments. It can be easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork, doctors visits, transportation times and dosage calculations. Because of this, it is important that the caregiver you select is both organized and detailed. They should have a proven track record of keeping medication intake on time and on schedule. They also should be comfortable with scheduling appointments and helping complete any medical paperwork that is needed. This skill will prove to be invaluable as you will rely on the caregiver for many aspects of your life.

When someone needs to go find a caregiver, it is usually because their health is failing them. This situation typically brings about sadness and depression due to the circumstances. As a result, you should target a caregiver that truly enjoys their work and demonstrates a great attitude. If a caregiver is unhappy with their job, their performance will suffer and the patient will ultimately feel the results. If you find a caregiver who enjoys their job, and has a great attitude you will reap the benefits of quality care. Their attitude can keep the patient in a positive mood and spirits high.

In closing, we at Kensington Gardens only hire the best caregivers available. All of our caregivers are licensed through the state of Washington. They have quality training and experience that helps them provide the best care possible to our residents. There are many nursing homes in Tacoma WA to choose from but not many that offer the combination of luxury style housing, lush property grounds and quality care that we do at Kensington Gardens. Contact us today to see how we could provide you with the best care around.

Published on Nov 12, 2015.

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