Qualifications Of A Care Giver
The care giving industry has a long history. In the annals of history, giving care was very much a ‘feminine’ role because of its association with nurturing, loving, gentleness etc. This became a job after Florence Nightingale formed the first corps of professional nurses – but even then, men were not welcomed into the profession. It is only in the last 30-40 years, as the world has seen a steady increase in its aging population that both women and men have entered into care giving as a career, as distinct from nursing as teaching is from lecturing. The former is about keeping the individual comfortable and administering medical care as necessary. Nursing requires stricter medical care as the objective is to cure somebody.
In order to be a care giver today, one must be trained in medical care and the handling of equipment. Many countries now use a good sling hoist lifter for instance to safely get patients into and out of their beds. These frames are much safer in handling older individuals than lifting them bodily. There is other equipment too, such as catheters and saline cannulas that require a certain amount of training and skill in order to administer. This is why many of the care givers initially start out (or are trained) as nurses.
Patience with Everything
Older people can be very trying, especially since they are like adults stuck in the bodies of infants. They become frustrated and act out; they lose their memory and have to have everything repeated constantly; they try to push themselves into activities they cannot do and injure themselves. These things require a lot of patience to handle. If your charges become frustrated or angry and make a fuss, try to remember that they have just lost control of bodily autonomy and the mess they made in that changing places bathroom was not deliberate.
One of the biggest drawbacks to the industry is the constant spectre of death. It is difficult to have to deal with death all the time yet it’s reality for all those who work with an aging population. Any care giver has to be mature enough emotionally to deal with loss and grief in a healthy way and then move on because there are always others who need your attention. It is difficult not to get attached; being aloof or distanced is terrible for your charges. So you have to stay emotionally connected and available while also keeping your cool and updating your technical knowledge constantly about how best to take care of those under you.