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Considering a career in Senior Care? Questions for Palo Alto caregivers

Choosing a career as a Palo Alto caregiver offering senior care can be incredibly rewarding. It’s a very personal job that involves interaction with seniors who depend on you for general health and well-being. Being a caregiver means that you’ll laugh and cry with the people you’re serving. It’s a career that requires compassion and strength.

Should I choose a career in Senior Care?

Senior Care Career

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If you’re considering becoming a caregiver, think about these questions beforehand.

  • Are you a patient person? Choosing a career of serving the elderly will require a lot of patience, as your senior could be slower to respond to you and may need physical or other assistance around the house or to and from doctor’s appointments or the store.
  • Do you have physical stamina to handle the job? It’s not one of the first things you’d think about when choosing a career in senior care, but you’ll probably need to be lifting or carrying while on the job. The senior you are caring for may need bathed or need help in getting up from a chair in the living room. If you’re shopping for groceries for your Palo Alto senior, the bags of items will need lifted in and out of the car.
  • Are you detail-oriented? If you are offering senior care to someone with dementia or memory care needs, you may be in charge of making sure he / she takes the necessary medications when needed. You also may need to help him / her remember how to complete simple tasks. If you provide some cleaning services, you’ll need to be able to handle detailed jobs like dusting, sweeping, washing dishes, doing laundry etc.
  • Are you a kind person? As already mentioned, a big part of senior care is empathizing with the person you’re assisting. A career as a caregiver will require kindness in all interactions. It will mean going the extra mile when your Palo Alto senior is grumpy, tired, stressed or forgetful.

In the movie, Toy Story 2, one of the characters sings a beautiful song that seems to sum up some of the characteristics of someone offering senior care. Below is a portion of the song.

“When somebody loved me
Everything was beautiful
Every hour we spent together
Lives within my heart

And when she was sad
I was there to dry her tears
And when she was happy
So was I
When she loved me…” – Randy Newman, When She Loved Me (Jesse’s Song)

About NuevaCare

A premier technology based home care company based in San Mateo and servicing the San Francisco Bay Area, NuevaCare delivers responsive, quality, and affordable in-home care to those who need care due to old age or recovering from surgery or illness. NuevaCare services clients in diverse Bay Area cities from Burlingame to Santa Clara, San Mateo to Palo Alto, Foster City to Hillsborough and everywhere in between. NuevaCare provides hourly, live-in, overnight, and 24/7 care. Recognized as one of the best home care agencies in the Bay Area, NuevaCare can be found at http://nuevacare.com/. NuevaCare is licensed by California Department of Social Services, Home Care Services Bureau, license #: 414700022.

Sources: http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/sarah_mclachlan/when_she_loved_me_jesses_song.html

Considering a career in Senior Care? Questions for Palo Alto caregivers
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