What It Takes To Be A Carer

Rewarding Work – What It Takes To Be A Carer

As people live longer, and we get better at preserving the lives of those who would otherwise have perished, more and more people are going through times when they need a bit of extra care. The care industry is thus an expanding one, in which kind, empathetic, practical, and dedicated people are always needed. It takes a special kind of person to be a carer or a nurse – someone who has both the practical skills and forthrightness needed to deal with people who may sometimes need specialist help, and the empathetic nature needed to treat these people with the respect and kindness which any human being deserves. Importantly, a good carer also needs to know how to take care of themselves. -What It Takes To Be A Carer

People in the caring profession are prone to feeling guilty when they do something for themselves – believing, due to their dedication, that their every waking moment should be devoted to their charges. In fact, being so selfless that you neglect yourself completely is a counterproductive quality in a carer. As well as being empathetic, knowledgeable about their charge’s condition, and imbued with a good deal of patience, a carer needs to be able to recognise the signs of frustration and burnout within themselves, and to take steps to prevent their emotional state from reaching a point where they start to resent those for whom they are caring.

Patience is something which must be practiced – it comes with experience. A carer therefore needs to have experience at recognising and dealing with their own triggers. They need to know how to calm themselves down when they find themselves getting emotional, and to maintain an equable disposition under the most trying of circumstances. Empathy can help a lot with this. While a certain degree of empathy is innate, an empathetic connection can be helped along if the carer takes the time to learn about how the patient’s condition affects their lives. This makes them less likely to apportion ‘blame’ to the patient themselves should they find their demands in any way frustrating.

Perhaps most importantly, a good carer should find their work rewarding. If you basically don’t like looking after people, the life of a carer is not for you! However, if you do like looking after people but are prone to either intense guilt or frustration, you may want to look at working on these aspects of your character. Guilt – while connected intimately in many ways to empathy – is counterproductive when applied poorly. If you feel guilty every time you do something for yourself, you will ultimately hit burnout and be emotionally unable to provide the quality of care needed by your charges. If you are prone to frustration, you need to learn to recognise the warning signs and develop a system for combating it. In both cases, ensuring that you have a reasonable amount of ‘me time’ can really help. For more on coping with caring, read this article

Author – Melissa

Care Assistants of the Month August 2014

Care Assistants of the Month August 2014

Here at myhome care we believe that hard work deserves recognition. We have an exceptional team that works with us both internally and externally. They are dedicated, hard working, reliable and willing to go above and beyond to ensure our care recipients and families receive the best quality of care. This month we have been rewarding our cares for the fantastic work they have been carrying out through out the country.

Carer of the Month August 2014

Our Carer of the Month for August 2014 Felicia Ojo being presented with her Certificate and flowers as a token of appreciation for all her hard work and continuous hard work with myhomecareie.wpengine.com at our quarterly staff meeting. Well done and congratulations Felicia.

Carer of the month august 2014(Left to right: Alvinia Byrne, Felicia Ojo and Janelle Higgins.)     

“Going the extra mile”

Cathy Cullinane, Julie Welby and Comfort Anakwa Brown were also recognised for “Going the extra mile” and were presented with some flowers at our myhomecareie.wpengine.com quarterly staff meeting. Congratulations ladies and keep up the good work.

Above and beyond aug awards 1   (Left to right: Cathy Cullinane and Moira Culkin)

Above and beyond aug award 2(Left to right: Julie Welby and Moira Culkin)

Above and beyond aug award 3

(Left to right: Comfort Anakwa Brown and Moira Culkin)

Previous Carer of the Month Winners

May 2014

Our Carer of the Month for May 2014 Rita Hughes being presented with her Certificate and flowers as a token of appreciation for all her hard work and continuous hard work with myhomecareie.wpengine.com at our quarterly staff meeting. Congratulations and well done Rita.  

Carer of the month May 2014  (Left to right: Maeve O’Brien, Alvinia Byrne, Janelle Higgins, Rita Hughes and Moira Culkin)

June 2014

Our Carer of the Month for June 2014 Margery Dowling being presented with her Certificate and flowers as a token of appreciation for all her hard work and continuous hard work with myhomecareie.wpengine.com at our quarterly staff meeting. Congratulations and well done Margery.

Carer of the month june 2014

(Left to right:Janelle Higgins, Margery Dowling and Moira Culkin)

July 2014

Our Carer of the Month for July 2014 Aoife Fox being presented with her Certificate and flowers as a token of appreciation for all her hard work and continuous hard work with myhomecareie.wpengine.com at our quarterly staff meeting. Congratulations and well done Aoife. 

Carere of the month July 2014

(Left to right: Alvinia Byrne, Aoife Fox and Moira Culkin)

We would like to thank all of our carers for their hard work and dedication. Their can only be one winner each moth and this is no easy task to pick. Keep up the good work and next month it could be you.