Homecare workers deal with various situations because they provide services to people in the patient’s home. Medical facilities provide a more controlled atmosphere to work in that the home worker cannot rely on so they must be able to be flexible and to adapt to situations as they arise. Homecare jobs can also be very rewarding as you deal with patients on a one-on-one basis allowing better interaction between worker and patient. Unfortunately the lack of a controlled environment may also expose the homecare worker to situations that may be dangerous so home workers much exercise a lot of care and use extra precautions when dealing with these types of situations.
Nursing home jobs are a popular type of homecare situation because people with contagious diseases, chronic health issues and whom are terminally ill often require nursing care while living at home. These same issues can lead to dangerous situations such as exposure to diseases such as AIDS. Homecare workers must wash hands often, and wear protective clothing and gloves to protect themselves against contracting contagious diseases. They must be especially careful when coming into contact with the body fluids of a person with a contagious disease.
Homecare workers may also have to deal with patients or family members with behavioral problems that may present difficult situations to handle. Most home care companies will offer special support for workers dealing with this type of situation such as special training or additional resources that will aid them in performing their responsibilities.
Homecare jobs may also expose workers to dealing with health issues that require special compassion and a higher level of understanding and care such as when a patient has Alzheimer’s or is terminally ill. Both of these unique situations require the homecare worker to be resourceful and flexible as situations may deteriorate rapidly. These two situations also require a high degree of ability to deal with family members. It is important for the homecare worker to understand the grieving process and how to prepare family members for the inevitable decline of the patient.
Not all homecare jobs are medical in nature there are non-medical homecare jobs where the worker provides a different type of care. Sometimes the assistance the patient needs involves the making of meals or light housework. Sometimes a patient needs someone to help with daily tasks such as getting dressed, bathing or monitoring the administration of medications. Sometimes all the patient needs is a companion if the person is homebound. Sometimes what the person needs is someone to go shopping for them or to do other errands because they are not able to do these things for themselves.
Although the jobs in the homecare field are varied they all have one thing in common and that is that they are rewarding for the individual that is compassionate and cares for people. They also have another common factor and that is that the work is done in the home of the patient and not in a hospital, nursing home or other medical facility. The homecare worker is much more likely to be required to handle family members and to run into unusual situations that will require fast thinking and the ability to be flexible.