Professional Caregiving: Expanding Your World
By Pamela D Wilson CSA, CG, MS, BS/BA
The goals of The Caring Generation website for professionals are to:
- Raise the level of professionalism in the caregiving industry through education
- Promote collaboration among professional caregivers through The Caregiving Collaborative
- Educate and raise awareness and sensitivity to issues faced by family caregivers
I hear from many care communities and care agencies that their care staff is “computer illiterate.” Many individuals who use the Internet on a regular basis fail to understand the benefits of going digital to increase their professional presence, personal knowledge and social networks. With smart phones, I-pads, electronic readers and access to computers at the library, having access to the benefits of technology has become easier. One not need own a computer to use a computer.
Just as many of our elderly clients become isolated and lonely with age and time, so will we who care for these older adults if we fail to embrace good habits of building social networks and using electronic communication tools to avoid our worlds from becoming smaller with age.
Many of our older clients are socially and emotionally lonely because of widowhood, loss of friends and physical or mental declines. For older adults there is a difference between knowing, wanting and being able to build social networks that is less a factor for those of us who are active and still working. What might you do each week, if only for 30 minutes, to build your professional presence, personal knowledge and social networks and to support your residents and patients in doing the same?
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