Good habits to have as a care worker

Good habits to have as a care worker

You may feel anxious and insecure going into your first job as a care worker. This article will introduce some things that Japanese care workers always keep in mind when they are working. They are things that you can start doing even now. Try to put these things into practice so that you can quickly get used to care work.


Take notes

Care workers always make sure to have a pen and notebook of their own with them when they are working, so that they can take notes at any time.
This is because there are a lot of opportunities to take notes throughout the day.
For example, in cases where the health of an elderly patient takes a turn, notes can be taken on things such as messages from the elderly patient’s family. Even if there are no significant changes in the patient’s health, notes about things like daily food and water intake are taken as records for health management purposes.
The purpose of taking notes is to help you remember things, as well as to help you communicate information accurately to other personnel.
Taking notes is very important to provide care in accordance with the physical condition of elderly patients.
You may not have taken notes regularly in your everyday life. You can form note-taking habits from now; for example, by taking notes of things you don’t understand while studying.


Observe closely

There are many among the elderly who suffer from illnesses and dementia; as a result, they may be unaware of changes in their own physical condition, or even if they are aware, they may be unable to communicate it to someone else.
Because of this, it is necessary for care workers to observe closely. Pay careful attention to things such as patients who are eating less than usual and patients who look ill. Get into the habit of observing closely so that you are able to notice changes in the physical condition and emotions of elderly patients.


Ask questions without hesitating

When you are working, there will be times when you will be at a loss as to what is the proper course of action.

For example, an elderly patient expressing a desire to do something, eat something, or take his or her medication; cases where they ask you for help with things that are unusual. In such cases, don’t try to make a decision on your own. Instead, don’t hesitate to ask any questions of other personnel, no matter how minor your question might be. This will help you take better care of the health of elderly patients. Make sure to get into the habit of asking questions about anything you don’t understand without feeling shy.