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Senior Care Pennsylvania
When working in a senior care home in Pennsylvania or any other state, it can be easy to get attached to the residents. This can have benefits and disadvantages. Becoming too involved can cause burnout in caregivers and trauma in residents when the caregiver in no longer their caregiver. When a caregiver is not involved enough, they can come across as cold-hearted and lack compassion in their care giving responsibilities. It is important to have a balance to be successful in the senior care industry.
When a caregiver gets too involved, they will become emotionally attached in an unhealthy way. They may do more than what is expected and for no pay. Some caregivers will even use their own money to provide items that they think a senior needs. A caregiver must remember that they are a caregiver and not the seniors family or guardian. Though a caretaker may have good intentions of visiting and continuing care of a special senior after employment ends, it usually doesn't happen. This can cause depression in someone who is in senior care. Pennsylvania caregivers should be sure they maintain clear boundaries to avoid burnout and negative effects on the seniors that they care for.
When caring for seniors, a caregiver may find that the person that they care for has needs that are unmet or may even be being abused. In the case of abuse, it should be reported immediately. For a senior that is in need, be sure to clarify if it is a need or a want. Compassionate care includes advocating for the senior without taking on the role of a family member or friend. It is also, the extra moments that you take to listen or to fix up a senior's hair for a special occasion or visitor that will make a difference in a senior's care.
Providing senior care in Pennsylvania or any other state should have a balance of compassion and boundaries.