We offer an extensive training program for both experienced and new paraprofessionals. Soaring Independent Cooperative believes in hiring for character and training for skill.
Below are 5 characteristics needed to become a Soaring Independent Home Care Aide.
You will find that theses characteristics are used in everyday life, you one step closer to Soaring to the next level of independence!
1.Responsible- One of the most important traits a paraprofessional should have is responsibility. Knowing that another person depends on you can be scary, but a responsible person knows what this responsibility means and will always take care that things like regular medication times are adhered to and appointments, though perhaps not convenient, are attended on time. This will inspire trust in the client you are taking care of, and they will know that you can be relied on for care.
2.Caring- Looking after a client requires a caring nature. Knowing how to make someone feel well cared for is key in making sure they are happy, settled and secure. Words are not enough. Kind actions go a long way towards being caring and can make all the difference to a client. Kind, thoughtful gestures will let the client know that they are not a burden, and that you care enough to look after them properly.
3.Flexible- You may be required to attend to your client at times that are not necessarily convenient to you. Working flexibly will be key to making your clients feel secure, as they know when they need you, you will be there for them. Additionally, flexibility in terms of the way you work is important. Different clients have different needs, and you cannot treat different people all in the same way. A flexible approach to the way in which you take care of a client will go a long way towards establishing a good relationship.
4.Respectful- Respecting our clients is something that comes naturally to many of us, but it may surprise you to know that some people were not brought up this way. The ideas, thoughts and feelings of a clients are just as valid as your own, so it’s imperative that respect is given to their needs, wants and feelings and privacy where required. Whether that is to allow them some privacy when dressing or washing them or being respectful enough to ask how they are and converse with them, respect is a virtue that all paraprofessionals must possess.
5. Patience- Extreme patience is required to be an effective Home Care Aide for an client person. Not being able to do this so well, or as quickly as they want to may frustrate clients, and they will need your patience to ensure they don’t feel hopeless. Being patient over a long period of time will help to grow a bond between you and your client and you will likely see an improvement in mood and temper should something go wrong.
5. Supportive- Growing older or having an illness can be difficult for clients, particularly if they begin to lose their independence. Supporting them throughout this time, by either being someone to talk to about their feelings or helping them to retain some independence can make a clients feel happier and more at peace with the situation. Many clients people have no local family, and you could be the only person able to provide the support they need to live comfortably and happily.
If you feel you share these characteristics, we encourage you to complete our home care aide interest form to learn more about becoming a Soaring Independent Paraprofessional.