Hiring a new caregiver can be a learning experience. If you have many necessary supports, training a caregiver can add greatly to the stress of a new hire. However, training a new caregiver is an important part of ensuring comfort and safety in your new relationship.
Even if your new caregiver has provided care for a previous client, some training will still be necessary. They may have provided different supports and each individual may have different preferences in the way supports and services are provided.
Before you begin training, you will need to be prepared. Make sure you have all the equipment and supplies necessary on hand, along with a thorough list of supports and services you require. Your caregiver will need to be aware of all disabilities and medical conditions and their affect on your daily life. Any and all symptoms and medications should be explained and displayed to the caregiver if possible.
Have a plan for training your new employee. In order to best train your caregiver, you will need to have a plan. Keep in mind that training will likely take several days. This will ensure your caregiver has a full understanding of all your required care along with remembering when and how your services should be completed.
During the interview you held with your caregiver, you should have discussed expectations and employee duties. Be sure to go over the duties discussed during the interview and remind the caregiver of your expectations. If your caregiver has any questions, make sure to leave time for them to be asked and answered in a way the caregiver can understand.
When teaching a new caregiver how to provide your supports, be sure to explain not only what the task is and why it must be done, but also how they should perform the service and why you want the task completed in this manner.
The caregiver should be made to understand all parts of a task and how they fit together. It can be helpful to create a checklist for tasks that have multiple steps. This can help your new employee understand all the steps and the task as a whole.
It can be especially helpful to have someone who already knows your care schedule and preferences in attendance during training. This will allow your new caregiver to observe and take notes if necessary in order to provide the best support to you.
Medications and Medical Equipment
If you have necessary medical equipment or medications, it is important that your new caregiver knows how to handle the equipment and administer the medications at proper times. Train the worker with safety precautions and what to do in case of an emergency.
Be patient with your new employee. They may not understand or remember all of your instructions right away, and will likely need time to make mistakes and be reminded of instructions. Ask the caregiver for feedback if they have continuous problems with the same task. Also be sure once again to allow them to ask questions about their tasks.
Along with asking for feedback from your employee, be sure to also give them feedback during training and on the job. Be open about what is working and what is not working. Positive and corrective feedback should both be given. Praise good work along with correcting and pointing out mistakes no matter how small.
Training a caregiver is an important step in the employment process and should not be overlooked. Thorough training of caregivers can help to ensure your comfort and safety in daily life.