Have you ever considered applying for a caregiver job for the elderly in the Vancouver and surrounding areas (South Surrey, Surrey, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and White Rock)? What factors made you want to apply for this position? Did a friend refer you to a posting? Are you a people’s person and are tired of working at a desk in an office? Do you like doing work that has potential to make a difference in someone’s life? Whatever or whoever brought you to apply for a caregiver job, you made the right choice.
A career in caregiving is a rewarding one. Not only do caregivers help those who need assistance with daily tasks, but they also help family members cope with a very challenging time in their lives. In the process you gain the following characteristics and skills that you can add to your resume:
Caregiver Characteristic #1: Friend
A caregiver job makes you a great friend – someone who is a great listener, an amazing supporter no matter what, and someone who sticks by when they are needed most.
Caregiver Characteristic #2: Open Mindedness
A caregiver job makes you open minded because you avoid the dangers of assumptions and stereotyping. By avoiding assumptions and stereotypes, you approach all relationships you create with acceptance rather than judgement.
Caregiver Characteristic #3: Leadership
A caregiver career helps build on your leadership skills. As a caregiver, you know what needs to be done. You have the energy, the capability, and the drive to take action to best support your client(s). You do not give up until you figure out how to address a problem.
Caregiver Characteristic #4: Enthusiasm
As an exceptional caregiver, you love your job and you show it in every way possible. You light up the room by helping elders who face different challenges, from isolation to loss of personal freedom to pain and confusion to depression. You offer smiles, hugs, a listening ear, and a few laughs along the way.
Caregiver Characteristic #5: Rational Thinking
Some things just do not add up, and it takes a good caregiver like you to look past the obvious and find the underlying cause of an issue. You step back and look at the big picture in order to better understand your client(s) needs.
Caregiver Characteristic #6: Motivator
The golden years are golden for a reason! Yet many elders have forgotten how amazing they are and how much they have left to give. A caregiver career entrusts you to use your magic to help your elderly clients get back in the game – start talking, dancing, and doing the things they used to love to do.
Caregiver Characteristic #7: Good Communicators
As a caregiver, you know just how important it is to be able to connect with your clients and their families and convey important information in way that’s clear, concise, and professional. You work as part of a team, meaning you are able to communicate effectively with your employers and others in the elder-care field.
Caregiver Characteristic #8: Life-Long Learner
Personal development is just as important as providing clients with proper homecare. A career in the health field will allow you to grow on a personal level and is quite rewarding, to say the least. Through a supportive and nurturing environment, there are many different options you will experience which may lead to a path for advancement.
Some Caregiver Duties
- Social Interaction
- Accompaniment on outings
- Light housekeeping tasks and meal preparation
- Medication and appointment reminders
- Assistance with grooming and bathing
- Assistance with toileting and incontinence issues
- Alzheimer’s Care
Some Caregiver Requirements
- Clean driving record
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to multi-task
- First Aid Certificate & CPR Training
- Ability to treat and care for seniors and their property with dignity and respect
- Ability to communicate with clients in a friendly and congenial manner
- Complete a criminal background check
- 3 professional references that can speak about your abilities
- Knowledge of best practices in Dementia Care
About Ace Personnel | Caregiver & Nanny Employment | Vancouver & Surrounding Areas
Ace Personnel is a Full Service Household Staff Placement Agency providing home care services to families and individuals in the Greater Vancouver area, Surrey, South Surrey, Fraser Valley, White Rock & throughout British Columbia. We represent experienced, qualified and reliable caregivers, nannies and skilled homemakers.
Ace Personnel is Family owned and operated for over 38 years, with a core focus on establishing and maintaining long term relationships and providing you and your loved ones with continuity of care.
The key to our success is our employees. We promote a work environment that is open and friendly and we provide on-going and as needed specialized training and home care education.
If you would like to apply for employment as a caregiver or nanny please click here and contact us.