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Residential Care and Assisted Living Caregivers Tips (part 3 of 3)

assisted living caregiver Care givers come in all shapes and sizes and in all senior care settings including home care, Assisted Living Facilities, Residential Care Homes and most commonly traditional families who are lucky enough to be able to care for their loved ones at home.

When families and family caregivers don’t have the time, skills, and physical plant or house set up then we look to other care settings for paid caregiving services.  In those settings Tlcsr always advocates that you meet the entire care team to see if they operate as part of an extended team and to make sure the day to day care givers are working side by side and are on a first name basis with the owner, administrator, and mangers who are suppose to be guiding them, training them, and providing the complex back up and support they need. Never forget care giving is a team event be it in your own family caregiving system or in a paid caregiving system.  Moreover, senior caregiving is like the sports you follow on TV and all players roles matter for the best outcomes.  Since you need the doctor, administrator of the broader caregiving staff, and need emergency and problem solvers for the insurance claims, getting the medicines, transportation, and many other things you need to think about caregiving teams.

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Part three: Both Paid Caregivers and Family Caregivers need to develop their care teams. 

Those who supervise you as a caregiver need to include you in the care process and visa verse. Trust and team connectedness are earned more than they are purchased.  Work with your broad medical, administrative and extended care teams. Minimize tension and enhance the care you provide by enhancing communication with all other specialists’ physician, pharmacist, registered nurses, owners and administrators and other caretakers.


Discover ways to connect with the physicians and other members of the care team the doctor directs. You belong to a group that begins with the physician and center administrator. You are not alone, ask concerns and rely on them for support. By doing so you can improve care and minimize your very own anxiety in looking after ill individuals who are going to have medical, social and financial problems that you can not resolve and treat. You need to be and feel like you are part of a team. Find out the best ways to communicate efficiently with doctors. Organize clinical information so it’s up to date and simple to find. Make sure legal files are in order. assisted living caregiver trust      

Team building requires working together on a first name basis to know each other doctor, nurse, paid caregiver and extended family caregivers to earn each others trust.

Trust cant be purchased, just like caring can’t be purchased but is earned.  To enjoy work you need to trust and feel connected to your care team.  When the team feels connected the are will feel more like an extended family care team which is what every one should shoot for and look for.  You need to meet the team leaders and direct care staff to see and feel that connectedness, trust, and passion. We applaud other writers for suggesting these facts too.

Caregiving is a skilled job and is not an unskilled one!

We suggest reading material from +Anne-Marie Botek on Agingcare.com who always discusses how difficult all forms of caregiving are from nursing to custodial care giving.  We all are caregivers to those we surround ourselves with at home and work. For those trying to find caregiver jobs, they will be hired to participate in geriatric care, elder care, nursing home care and various medical related areas all of which are skills. We suggest employers extend training to caregivers for all job listings to ensure the highest levels of elder care.  

Care giving is a team job!

This article by Anne-Marie Botek starts to show the complexity of the care team in a nursing home or more institutional care setting with nurses, social workers, activity people and then the harder to find doctors and administrators. Who’s Who in Skilled Nursing: Staff Caregivers Should Get To Know What we want to suggest is that on that team you should look for a leader and a leader who knows the names of the care team you are buying or using. That is not easy. A big facility or institution operates on a business model and six sigma efficiency and if they don’t value taking time to know their own team members names or to meet what some describe as “low pay” or less skilled people it is likely the care will be more assembly line in style and not have what we call Family-style care with social connectedness.  While the opportunity for training is lost also I believe the emotional and social loss might be even more important.

Choosing the assisted living care team is a choice.

It is up to each of us to look for that family-style care team and then to value it and pay for it.  One way we can recognize the skilled caregivers is to pay at least minimum wage.  Yes, until 1/2015 caregivers often got not just less than but much less than minimum wage.  It is unimaginable that any person can be their best if you show with pay and words that they are somehow “less skilled”.  Just my view.  I value my care team and know each member by first name and hope that people can look for the same elsewhere.  I often compare any medical or assisted living care team to a professional sports team.  There are many members of the team with different complimentary skills but they realize you need all parts to win or in the case of Assisted Living Services provide the most family-like care possible.  My view is families know each other by name and share day to day simple experiences if your caregivers, team leaders are not doing that, the care might be less family-like and more assembly line.  Don’t be the next DVD player on the line, be yourself.


By doing all of these you can improve the care you provide, feel even better personally about what you are doing, and integrated a future as a calm, reputable caretaker for those families caretakers touch so personally every day.

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is not simply a paycheck but is a social service and there are numerous in-kind social and psychological benefits that are shared amongst the caregiver, homeowner and the many prolonged members of each person’s social system. We need to value those who care for us more in our own households and the extended family care teams we all connect with everyday in the health care system. Residential Care alternatives to the Assisted Living and Nursing Home Rehab.   Many do not know that Residential care homes are the most cost effective care choice by far.  Tlcsr is a great example of high quality care and value. Tender Loving Care Senior ResidenceEducational video links Family caregivers  AARP- caregiving resource center     LIKE AND SHARE IT. Dr Shawn McGivney

Residential Care and Assisted Living Caregivers Tips part 2 of 3

son-caregiverThis is part two of Residential Care and Assisted Living Caregiver tips.  We all forget who the caregivers in our lives are, families and extended social system.  But we need to remember them, thank them and remember that they have emotional, social, and finanial needs also.  Money is often not the most important thing in life and in caregiving that is even more true. Mothers, Informal Caregivers of all types, and Senior caregivers are no exception.  Here is a recap of part one.

Part one Recap.  Take care of your self.

Part two: Use technology to maintain your own social and emotional health but do not use technology as a substitute for real, in person, human contact.  Technology supplements human contact and does not replace it.

Use technology to stay connected to your own friends and family, and social support system.

Be open to new technologies that can help you be even more connected for your residents but only after you take care of your own emotional needs. daughter-caregiver

Recognize that care giving is a very skilled job.

Just like sales, being a knowedgable doctor, computer expert are skilled so too is being a care giver.  The skills are hard to obtain and are often mis valued.  Making other people feel improtant, in control, giving people hope, and allowing others the life experience to make choices and live with them without judgement or imposing your wishes, wants, and expectation is the skill. You need to know about medical equipment and advanced communication techniques including how to reach many different people over many different methods including phone, phone messages, text, email, and fax. Usage innovation to stay linked to your own friends and family, and social support system.  In Assisted Living or Residential Care Homes you often are under staffed and can use Skype, a cell phone or the internet to get some much needed emotional relaxation and social support from your own friends and age appropriate acquaintances. Be open to new innovations that can assist you look after your loved one. Acknowledge that care giving is a really knowledgeable task. You have to find out about clinical devices and advanced communication techniques consisting of ways to reach lots of different individuals over numerous different techniques consisting of phone, phone messages, text, email, and fax. Lean how to use high tech equipment like baby monitors and other devices to view from a distance and afterwards blend that into regular personally contacts. These balancing acts are never ever easy, are always changing but those balancing acts of knowledge on all members of your group, social and emotional resources, and hands on contact are all parts of the innovative skills the best caretakers have. Innovation cannot replace a social relationship since that is required by all human beings to feel for another person however it does assist, expand and supply balance to both homeowner and caregivers psychological needs. Whether you are a paid caregiver like a hospice caregiver or a family caregiver you need to know and build your broader care team. Tune in next time for Part 3 of 3.

Example of Residential Care alternatives to the Assisted Living, Nursing Home Rehab.  Compare Family -Style care of a Residential Care Home to Nursing home and Assisted Living which are more institutional care models.

Always meet the care team form administrator and owner to direct care giver’s before you buy or move in to know who and what you are getting. Tender Loving Care Senior Residence –  

Educational video links

TLCSRLV youtube Channel.  Subscribe for free. Home Care Info Eden Project or Alternative   


Dr Shawn McGivney        

Residential Care and Assisted Living Caregivers tips – Part one

Residential Care and Assisted Living Caregivers tips is a three part post.   Nice-Caregiver

Part one: Take care of yourself first.

Part two: Use technology to preserve your own social and emotional wellness

however do not utilize technology as a substitute genuine, personally, human contact. Technology supplements human contact and does not replace it.

Part 3: Decrease tension and improve the care you offer by improving communication with all other experts’

physician, pharmacist, registered nurses, owners and administrators and other caregivers.  

Part one: Take care of yourself first.

If you are not calm, rested, healthy you will not be as happy as you need to be to empower those you care for to be happy sometimes at your own emotional expense.

It is essential that each caretaker, household appointed family caregiver, make the time to stay as healthy physically and emotionally as possible.

Take care of your own wellness so that you can be strong enough to look after your loved one. Look for support from other caregivers. You are not alone! Accept offers of help and recommend specific things individuals can do to help you. Indeed, by your suggesting specific things to assist you can truly get an included psychological boost that they are listening and doing exactly what you desired and needed.   That is a great sensation for those who look after us and do exactly what we need most of the time. Take Break breaks and don’t work 24/7. Care giving is hard work so take respite breaks frequently. Provide yourself credit and enable yourself to feel valued for doing the best you can in one of the most difficult tasks there is! Many are not mindful that care giving is a highly experienced task even if it is not compensated as such. The innovative clinical abilities, ability to comprehend, connect and execute physicians clinical and medicine orders and carry out the wide range of insurances and public support group activities are really skilled. Second and even more crucial is the advanced social abilities the very best caretakers have. You have to be patient, to let hurtful things go when an upset, unwell, or puzzled individual says something they generally would not. You have to be patient with all those around you who are stressed and even be the psycho specialist in those settings. All those communication and social skills are challenging and have to be valued more in words and pay. We likewise like to encourage all who read this to provide credit to the mothers and fathers who stay at house with the kids and maturing moms and dads, other types of caretakers who assist us day in and day out. One method you can provide token respect is to pay minimum wage. Thanks you’s, offering to assist with a caregivers transport needs, or helping them remain linked to their social system are other means we all can reveal and state we care about those who care for us. Keep an eye out for indicators of depression and don’t delay in first providing yourself breaks, time off to remain healthy and if needed getting professional assistance when you need it.

Assisted living caregivers and informal family caregivers need to look after their own physical and emotional needs as caregivers first!


Come back to read parts two and three.

  Check out a great example of Family style, team supported Caregiving. Tender Loving Care Senior ResidenceTlcsr Welcome video  

Educational video links

TLCSRLV youtube Channel.  Subscribe for free. Frustrated with Home Care Service? Get Home Care answers here!     residential-care-doctor Thanks for the Like and Share Dr Shawn McGivney  

Assisted Living Caregiver tips and solutions

Over view and tip one – accept your feelings.

balance-fairness How to balance your own feelings and needs with your duty as a caregiver?   As a household caretaker, you may find yourself dealing with a host of brand-new obligations, many of which are unfamiliar or intimidating. Sometimes, you could feel overwhelmed and alone. However in spite of its challenges, caregiving can also be gratifying. And there are a lot of things you can do to make the caregiving process easier for both you and your loved one. These suggestions can assist you get the support you require while taking care of somebody you enjoy.


A take a look at family caregiving Supplying look after a family member in need is an age-old act of kindness, love, and loyalty. And as life expectancies boost, clinical therapies advance, and enhancing numbers of individuals deal with persistent disease and handicaps, an increasing number of people will participate in the caregiving process. There are lots of different sorts of household caretaker circumstances. You could be taking care of an aging moms and dad or a handicapped partner. Or perhaps you’re taking care of a youngster with a physical or mental illness. However despite your particular scenarios, you’re facing a difficult new duty. If you resemble the majority of family caretakers, you aren’t trained for the duties you now face. And you probably never ever expected you ‘d be in this situation. You may not even live extremely near to your loved one. At the same time, you love your relative and want to provide the best care you can. Fortunately is that you do not need to be a nursing specialist, a superhero, or a saint in order to be a good caretaker. With the right aid and support, you can be a great caregiver without needing to sacrifice yourself while doing so. New to family caregiving? Find out as much as you can about your family member’s health problem and about ways to be a caretaker. The more you know, the less anxiety you’ll feel about your brand-new duty and the more efficient you’ll be. Look for various other caretakers. It helps to know you’re not alone. It’s soothing to provide and receive support from others who comprehend what you’re experiencing. Develop a care group that consists of a hands-on care doctor. He is your leader, consultant, and the one best suited to make use of, integrate your varied supports including your medical and medication insurance coverages. Trust your impulses. Bear in mind, you know your member of the family best. Do not neglect what physicians and specialists tell you, but listen to your intestine, too. Encourage your spoused’s independence. Caregiving does not suggest doing everything for your loved one. Be open to technologies and methods that enable your family member to be as independent as possible. Know your restrictions. Be practical about the amount of of your time and yourself you can provide. Set clear limits, and connect those limitations to physicians, relative, and other people involved.

idea 1: Accept your sensations

Caregiving can trigger a host of difficult feelings, including anger, fear, resentment, shame, helplessness, and grief. It’s important to acknowledge and accept what you’re feeling, both good and bad. Don’t beat yourself up over your doubts and misgivings. These feelings do not mean that you do not enjoy your family member– they just mean you’re human. What you may feel about being a household caregiver Stress and anxiety and worry– You might stress over exactly how you will manage the extra duties of caregiving and exactly what will happen to your member of the family if something happens to you. You may also fear what will happen in the future as your loved one’s disease advances. Anger or animosity– You may feel angry or resentful toward the individual you’re looking after, even though you understand it’s unreasonable. Or you might be upset at the world in general, or resentful of other good friends or member of the family who don’t have your duties. Guilt– You might feel guilty for not doing more, being a “much better” caregiver, having even more persistence, accepting your scenario with even more equanimity, or when it come to long distance caregiving, not being readily available more typically. Grief– There are many losses that can include caregiving (the healthy future you imagined with your spouse or child; the objectives and dreams you’ve needed to set aside). If the person you’re looking after is terminally ill, you’re also taking care of that despair. Even when you understand why you’re feeling the method you do, it can still be disturbing. In order to take care of your sensations, it is essential to talk about them. Do not keep your emotions repressed; however discover at least a single person you trust to confide in. Places you can turn for caregiver support consist of:. Family members or friends who will listen without judgment. Your church, temple, or various other place of worship. Caregiver support system at a regional medical facility or online. A therapist, social worker, or counselor. National caregiver organizations. Organizations certain to your relative’s illness or disability.


Best answer is to always try to remember caregiver stress and burn out and to take time to prevent it.  Include time off as part of any caregiving plans.   Share your comments below.  


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