As more residents in our area reach their senior years, the need for in-home caregivers has grown. Perhaps you’ve considered a career as a senior caregiver, but aren’t entirely sure what to expect from the job, or if you would even be qualified. The good news is, even if you have no previous formal experience as an in-home caregiver, you may be more qualified for this rewarding career than you realize.
Caregivers ideally possess a common thread of traits that form the basis of their vocation, such as compassion, reliability, patience, and a desire to make a difference in their local communities. They come from a broad range of backgrounds and are drawn to caregiving due to the career’s flexibility, variety, and service-oriented nature.
So what might you expect from a day in the life of an in-home senior caregiver? While schedules vary from one day to the next and between clients (that’s part of the fun!), here’s a sampling of what a typical day might look like.
If you’re scheduled for a morning shift, your day will usually begin with helping your client get out of bed, dressed, and ready for the day. You’ll fix breakfast and clean up afterwards, and perhaps chat with the senior about what the day has in store.
Later in the morning is a perfect time to run errands together and take care of a little housework. By noon, you’ll both be hungry, so you’ll likely prepare lunch and enjoy a little more quality time together.
The afternoon may be filled with enjoyable activities like putting together a puzzle with the senior or looking through an old photo album, or any other activity of interest to the senior. A caregiver’s nighttime routine might mean arriving in time to prepare dinner and catch up with the senior about his or her day, and then cleaning up and enjoying some evening activities. You could watch a movie together, work on a craft, or read a book out loud.
Bedtime means helping the senior with a bath, oral hygiene, and getting dressed for bed. When you leave the home, you’ll be responsible for locking up and making sure the premises are safe and secure for your sleeping client.
Now that you have a taste of what a senior caregiver’s day is like, consider taking the next step and contacting Dakota Home Care, the leading provider of home health in Fargo, ND, as well as Bismarck, Mandan, and the surrounding areas, to learn more about our current openings and training opportunities. We’re always looking to add caring, dependable people to our caregiving team, and will ensure you are fully equipped with everything you need to succeed. You can reach us any time at (877) 691-0015 to learn more, or apply today!