Here’s How to Provide the Best Care Possible as a Papa Pal

Congratulations on your new position! As a Papa Pal, you’re taking a rewarding step in your career as you learn more about elderly care services. Plus, you’re serving your community as a helper to a population that may find themselves lonely and in need of support.

As you embark on your new Papa Pal position, you may be wondering how to do your very best. Of course you’ll learn along the way, but you can hit the ground running with these top five tips.

Best-Ever Senior Care Assistance—Five Do’s

As you enter the life of your senior (also called member!), you’ll play a very special role as assistant and friend. Here’s how you can do your very best during your new role:

1. Get to know your member. As a Papa Pal, our members have hired you to provide a variety of help that may include meal prep, going with your senior on a walk, socialization such as playing a game of cards or even light housekeeping. When you first meet your senior, open up the dialog with a conversation! What meals do they like, where do they prefer to go for a walk and what games do they love to play? The more you learn about your elderly companion, the better equipped you’ll be to provide appropriate assistance and care.

2. Use GPS, Map Quest or Google Maps. Your responsibilities may include driving your senior to a doctor’s appointment or to the grocery store. If you’re not familiar with the area, it always helps to use available technology such as GPS or a mapping app for your phone. Your member may be able to direct you; however, it never hurts to have back-up navigation ready, just in case.

3. Be patient. As people age, it may take them longer to express their thoughts or get their words out. Plus, your member may feel unsure and take a bit to warm up to you. That’s OK—be patient and kind, and always a good listener.

4. Be creative. Elderly people have well-developed likes and dislikes, but may be open to learning and trying new things. As you get to know your member, don’t be afraid to make fun activity suggestions! If you know your member likes a particular kind of food, you could search for new recipes together. If you find a movie, game or craft you think your senior might like, why not bring it up during your next visit? If they like conversation, ask them about their life and learn about the exciting adventures they may have taken. Variety is the spice of life, and your contributions will make the difference in the quality of your new friend’s day!

4. Come prepared. Your Papa Pal position will likely have you on your feet. Always dress appropriately with your Papa T-shirt, jeans and sneakers. And, remember to smile! Your positive attitude will be contagious in the care you provide.

Looking for a Senior Caregiving Job?

Check out Papa. We’re a unique company that matches you with opportunities in your community. If you’re a nursing or healthcare student interested in serving your community and earning extra money with a part-time job, we’re looking for you! Signup to be a Papa Pal today!

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