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Diary of a Carer: Leading By Example

Apr 8, 2024 | Thoughts | 0 comments

Imagine a care facility where a new resident, Ms. Jones, has recently moved in. Ms. Jones is feeling disoriented and anxious in her new environment, which is affecting her mood and behaviour. The caregivers notice her distress but are unsure how to best support her.

In this situation, leadership among the carers is essential to ensure Ms. Jones receives the person-centred care and attention she needs to adjust to her new surroundings. One caregiver, Maria, takes the lead in coordinating efforts to support Ms. Jones. She initiates a meeting with her colleagues to discuss Ms Jones’s background, preferences, and any specific needs she may have.

Maria proposes strategies to help Ms. Jones settle in more comfortably. She suggests assigning a consistent caregiver to provide one-on-one support and companionship, implementing calming activities that Ms. Jones enjoys.

Throughout the process, Maria leads by example, demonstrating empathy, patience, and compassion in her interactions with Ms. Jones. She encourages her colleagues to follow suit, fostering a supportive and nurturing environment for her to thrive in. Maria takes the initiative to communicate with Ms. Jones’s visitors to the care home, in order to gain insight into her preferences and history, ensuring a holistic approach to care.

Thanks to Maria’s leadership and the collaborative efforts of the caregiving team, Ms. Jones gradually starts to feel more settled and at ease in the care home. Her mood improves, and she begins to engage more positively with staff and fellow residents, highlighting the transformative impact of effective leadership in care.

Agency workers should feel confident about speaking up when it comes to being on time, making sure schedules are followed, and tasks are done efficiently. By setting a good example in these areas, you can create a standard of professionalism that can positively affect the whole team.

Also, understanding and managing emotions play a big part in being a good leader in caregiving environments. Agency workers should feel okay about handling relationships, showing empathy, and dealing with conflicts when they happen. This ability to understand and deal with feelings not only helps create a supportive work atmosphere but also improves the quality of care given to the people who need it.

Overall, feeling comfortable in a leadership role as an agency worker means showing professionalism, having emotional intelligence, and managing the responsibilities that come with leading temporarily. This makes sure things run smoothly in the caregiving team and improves the experience for both caregivers and the people you care for.

 

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