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June 27, 2022
How To Encourage Healthier Work/Life Balance For Caregivers – Our Top 5 Tips

Caregiving is demanding – emotionally, physically, and mentally, too. It’s not easy to care for others full-time. This leads to burnout and turnover rates that are over 65%. Burnout can affect the quality of care your agency provides, the ability to fill schedules, and your bottom line. One of the best ways to prevent burnout is by encouraging your caregivers to maintain a healthy work/life balance. Here are a few tips from CareConnect that are sure to help!

 

Match The Right Caregivers With The Right Clients

First, it’s important to make sure you learn a little bit about each caregiver, and do your best to match them with the right clients. Matching caregivers with similar preferences, outlooks on life, personalities, and the right skills for the job makes it easier for them to deliver  superior care.

 In turn, that makes it easier for caregivers to maintain a healthy balance in their lives. Shift booking has integrated tools that make it easy to maintain caregiver/client compatibility, and match the right caregivers with the right clients. 

 

Make Sure You Can Offer Stability To Your Caregivers

Nobody likes uncertainty. If you can offer regular shifts to your caregivers weeks in advance, they’ll be able to plan more easily, and maintain a better work/life balance. If your caregivers have access to a tool like Shiftbooking, they're more in control of their own schedule. They can minimize last-minute shift pickups, and avoid situations where they end up with too many shifts in a short period of time.

 

Invest In Flexible Training Solutions

Nobody likes to feel lost. When caregivers are properly trained and know what they're doing, they're less likely to get in over their heads, have an unhealthy work/life balance, and get burned out.

But you also don’t want workers to have to spend a lot of time at your office going through training. That’s where eLearning from CareConnect comes in. With this powerful platform, caregivers can build their skills on their terms – and learn anywhere with an internet connection.

 

Set Up Mentorship Programs For New Caregivers

New caregivers are often the most at risk for burnout. Starting up a mentorship program where experienced caregivers work with new employees is a great way to help show them the ropes, and provide them with the guidance they need as they gain experience. 

 

Consider Incentive Programs To Help Reward Your Workers

Incentive programs help improve employee retention, and can also help with work/life balance. For example, you could create a program that awards more paid time off to top caregivers, or a free vacation. To keep things more simple, you can give away gift cards, free meals, or just recognize caregivers publicly for doing a great job. Everyone likes feeling special, recognized, and rewarded, so this is a great way to help prevent burnout, too.

 

Empower Caregivers With CareConnect And Keep Growing Your Business

These strategies, along with tools like CareConnect, can help your caregivers avoid burnout, maintain a healthy work/life balance, and enjoy their work. If you’d like to learn more about CareConnect and how it can help you grow your business, you can request a demo now, or give us a call at (855) 856-1502 for more information.