Enhanced Workplace Support
To enhance the workplace experience, more on-the-job support and coaching is available. “When a resident is having a bad day, we want to come alongside our caregivers to provide relief and in-the-moment encouragement, or even the chance to step away for just a few minutes,” says Gingrich-Gaylord.
Four times a year caregivers will also attend training sessions, or what ComfortCare Homes is calling “Care University.” Subjects will focus on personal development topics such as financial planning and how to practice self-care. “We all know from personal experience the importance of taking care of ourselves so we can have the energy to take care of others,” Gingrich-Gaylord says.
Encouraging friendships and support among the staff is also important, says Gingrich-Gaylord. Team and relationship building helps to foster cooperation and empathy. And on a lighter note, incorporating elements of fun during the day can relieve moments of stress to allow everyone to refocus and relax, creating a better environment for employees and residents.
“Everything we’re doing for our caregivers will have benefits for those we serve and help employees achieve success in their careers,” says Stark. “We want long-term employees who can advance through the years at ComfortCare Homes. But even if life takes you in another direction, our hope is that you are a better caregiver because of the time you’ve spent here.”
ComfortCare Homes values both our residents and those who care for them. If you have questions about dementia or would like to discuss the ways in which our staff offers personalized care for your loved one, please call (316) 685-3322 for a confidential conversation or to schedule a free tour and consultation.