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6 Tips for New Caregivers

by Compass Staff

This past month, we reached out to our staff and asked them, “If there was someone who was starting brand new in this field, what are some things you would like them to know?” We got a lot of great responses to this question and we wanted to share them with you! If you are looking into the field of caregiving, here are a few pieces of advice to help you get started.

  • Expect the unexpected! Plans and situations can change quickly 🙂 Set good boundaries! It is better for you and your client. Plan ahead always have extra clothing and a toothbrush in your car (trust me on this) MOST IMPORTANT is following through with plans and commitments with your Client. This is how we build trust with them. They are counting on us we are their staff <3 Practice good communication with your PRO and CF so your Clients needs are met. Have fun (find a way). Your Client will look forward to the shift you work with them.  -Traci S.
  • Every client is unique!! And just like us, they are human! They have good days and bad days just like everyone else. It takes a lot of heart to do what we do! One thing that gets me through the day is reminding myself that me or one of my loved ones could be in the client’s situation; and I would want the best care.  -Shari P.
  • Stick to the simple basics…. Treat clients the way you would want to be treated or want your loved ones to be treated! Also remember that just like us (or our children) our clients are going to have bad days, sometimes very-bad-horrible-no-good-rotten days but be patient and supportive because the good days are so worth the bad ones.  -Heather B.
  • If I was a new staff / caregiver I would get to know my client likes and dislikes. Get to know their meds which is very important and the team leader who the new staff could call if they have any questions-vs pager. I would get involved with Compass as much as possible.  -Linda A.
  • If I could tell someone new one thing it would be: treat our clients the way you would want to be treated if you were in their shoes.  At the end of the day we are here to help them, not just for a paycheck 😄   -Lindsay M.
  • Caring about your clients, as people with needs, goals and desires, is more important than just showing up and getting the job done.  -Wayne S.


Lots of great advice! A big thank you to our staff who contributed! Are you a staff or caregiver? Is there anything else you would add that you didn’t see here? Let us know in the comments!

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