As a caregiver, you spend a lot of time with the person under your care. Your habits can be pleasing or annoying to the person or your employer. Let us take a look at habits that you should change to be more successful at work.
Smoking is bad for your health. In addition, when you smoke in the presence of the person under your care, it negatively impacts their health because they passively inhale the smoke. You should also not smoke inside the person's home.
Alcohol makes you less alert and loses control over your senses. You become incompetent to take care of another person. Never drink alcohol during or before work hours.
Do not engage in personal entertainment activities such as watching TV or listening to music during work hours.
Avoid taking personal calls during work hours. If a call is important, keep it short. Keep your phone on vibrate or silent mode to avoid disturbing others.
Do not invite friends or family to your employer's home. Avoid engaging in long social conversations.
Using bad language with your employer's family or with others is unprofessional and will not be acceptable to your employer.
Poor hygiene habits, such as not washing hands when you must, can make the person under your care sick. Always wash hands after a cleaning activity or before feeding the person.
Do not be careless, especially when it pertains to the safety and comfort of the person under your care.
Procrastinating, or postponing work for a later time, is another habit you should change. The person under your care depends on you for several things. Procrastinating important tasks can put the health and safety of the person at risk.