Five things caregivers wish employers knew about them

Caregivers are people who may have a lot going on in their lives. This blog will touch on the five things caregivers wish employers knew about them. We hope that employers and caregivers can both learn from this!

The five things we will talk about are how:

  1. Caregivers have many responsibilities
  2. Caregivers want to have healthy work-life balance
  3. Caregivers need support from their employers
  4. Caregivers are open to feedback
  5. Caregivers want fair pay

Read below to find out more about what caregivers wish their employers knew about them.


1. Caregivers have many responsibilities. 

Caregivers are busy people. They may be parents, siblings, and children. A lot of people in their life may depend on them. This is why it is important that their employers understand how busy caregivers are.

For example, caregivers often have to take care of their clients as well as their kids. This may mean that:

  • After work, they are at home helping their children 
  • Before work, they have spent their morning caring for others

They juggle a lot. Caregivers wish that their employers saw this. If employers understood this, caregivers would be grateful. For example, if a caregiver needed a day off due to having a lot going on at home, an employer could give it to them. This would help caregivers to feel more seen.

Once employers understand how busy caregivers are, it will be better for everyone.


2. Caregivers want a healthy work-life balance

Caregivers take on a lot of responsibility at home and on the job. To be happy, they want to have a healthy work-life balance. 

Everyone should be able to live a happy life. This is why it is important that caregivers make sure they can. They should try to balance work life with home life. This can mean:

  • Not taking on an extra shift so they can remain mentally well
  • Taking a day off so they can make sure everything at home is okay
  • Asking their employer for some extra support when they have trouble at home

In general, caregivers should not have their job become their life. If anyone spends too much time working, they cannot be happy. They will be too tired and not have enough energy for other parts of life.

Employers should do their best to recognize this. If their caregiver does not seem to be doing well, employers should try to get to the root of it. It is also really important for employers to not overwork their caregivers. If an employer has a caregiver take an extra shift without asking the caregiver, it can be bad for the caregiver. It can overwork them.

This is why it's very important for caregivers to have a healthy work-life balance. And this is why it's important employers do their best to help caregivers achieve this.


3. Caregivers need support from their employers

Caregivers need support from their employers. It is very important that employers understand this. Caregivers should feel that it is okay to:

  • Ask their employer for advice on a client
  • Ask their employer for career advice
  • Ask their employer if they can have a mental health day

Employers need to let their caregivers know they are here for them. If they do this, caregivers will feel supported. They then will feel comfortable to ask for advice or talk about mental health. Both of these are very important topics.

Caregivers wish they had support. If you are an employer, make sure to offer it. Once you do, your agency will have happier caregivers. This will make for a better work culture.



4. Caregivers are open to feedback.

Caregivers are open to feedback. They want their employers to know this. It can be awkward sometimes to give feedback, but it is very helpful. Caregivers know this and this is why they are open to it.

Of course, too much feedback can be ineffective. For example, if an employer gives feedback that is negative all the time, the caregiver may be sad. This can make the caregiver feel like they are not a good worker.

This is why it is important to give good feedback and feedback that critiques caregivers. 

  • Good feedback helps caregivers understand what they are doing that is good
  • Critical feedback helps caregivers understand what to change

All in all, caregivers are open to feedback because they want to improve. They wish their employers knew this. Feedback will help caregivers understand what to change. It will also help them understand what to keep doing.


5. Caregivers want fair pay

Caregivers want fair pay. For the medical profession, caregiving is one of the lowest paid jobs. This is why it's important to pay caregivers as fairly as possible. 

It is also very important to give raises to caregivers when they are due. For example, if a caregiver has been working for an employer for 5 years, they deserve a raise. This is especially true if a caregivers is a great employee.

Employers should make sure their caregivers get fair pay. They can do this by:

  • Comparing their caregivers' pay to nearby agencies
  • Comparing the pay of caregivers within their agency

Fair pay also shows appreciation. It lets caregivers know they are doing good work.



In conclusion, it is important employers pay attention to their caregivers. They should make sure they understand what caregivers want them to know.

Caregivers are people with a lot of duties, in and out of work, and it is important employers see this. Once they do, caregivers will be happier and clients will be better cared for.

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