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The Truth about Caregiving

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 16, 2020 12:02:31 PM / by Strada Visual Lab


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Have you always felt a higher calling to provide care to others? Or perhaps you heard from a friend that freelance caregiving is an excellent way to gain extra income! Though an immensely rewarding experience, caregiving may not always be an easy journey for some. Read on to find out some little-known truths about caregiving to better prepare yourself for your caregiving journey!

A little training goes a long way

Though some caregiving jobs can be done with minimum training or experience, more often than not, training will aid you in performing your tasks more effectively and efficiently. For instance, some courses can teach you specialised skills including transporting clients from the bed to the wheelchair and back again. Similarly, other courses can teach you how to interact with specialised groups of people including dementia patients. If you’re interested in learning more, check out CaregiverAsia’s list of courses here!

Finding the right fit matters

When it comes to caregiving jobs, it’s never “one size fits all”. Because caregiving is a career centred around people, often times schedules clash, and language barriers may make it difficult to interact with your clients and their families. That’s why online platforms like CaregiverAsia are a great way to plan your caregiving jobs. Potential clients will be able to view your available timings for work, and also learn more about you from your profile. All you need to do is make it a point to regularly update your details and schedule to ensure that you’ll get a great match!


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Caregiver burnout happens

Regardless of how patient and compassionate some caregivers may be, there are those who push themselves too hard and end up suffering from burnout. Caregivers who do may be reluctant to continue their caregiving journey due to the immense stress and pressure that they face. To prevent burnout, try talking to your family or friends if you’re facing any issues or problems. By doing so, you’ll be able to prevent yourself from feeling overwhelmed. Setting aside time for self-care, whether it means reading, exercising or enjoying a relaxing bubble bath may help too. Just remember that caring for yourself, is just as important as caring for others!

Communication is key

To be a great caregiver, you’ll need to be an excellent communicator. Apart from being able to hold conversations with your careseekers, good communications skills can also help you work more effectively. You’ll be able to better understand your client’s needs and requirements for a smoother session, and prevent misunderstandings from occurring. If you’re not feeling confident in your communication skills, why not pick up some tips here?

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Caregiving can be extremely rewarding

Yes, it’s true that caregiving is not easy. There will be bad days and good ones. But more often than not, you will soon realise that caregiving is a truly rewarding job. Over time, most caregivers form strong professional bonds with their clients and families, and grow more confident in their abilities. So the next time you feel discouraged about caregiving, remember that you are indeed helping to make a lasting difference in the lives of others around you.

Now that you’ve learnt some hard truths about caregiving, you may be feeling a little nervous about starting your first job. There’s no need to fret, browse some of our training services and courses here!


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Strada Visual Lab

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