Cell Phone Usage by Caregivers In Leucadia Can Cause Problems

Cell Phone Usage by Caregivers In Leucadia Can Cause ProblemsDo you have a cell phone in your pocket or attached to your belt right now? It would be surprising if you didn’t. In fact, you would probably be surprised if you didn’t receive a phone call or text message by the time you’re finished reading this blog post. Most of us use our cell phones all day long, keeping in contact with coworkers, family, and friends.

In-Home Caregivers Should Minimize Cell Phone Use

There are a few fields of work, however, that are incompatible with cell phone usage, and caregivers in Leucadia are members of one of those fields. Caring for an elderly individual in his or her own home requires constant attention, and even a five-minute private phone call is long enough for an emergency to occur. Worse yet, there is the possibility that a caregiver could lose track of time and neglect important responsibilities like providing medications at the correct time.

Company Policies

It’s not enough to just trust caregivers in Leucadia to keep their phone conversations at a minimum. Most companies have phone use policies that employees must follow, but a self-employed caregiver or one who works as a contractor probably isn’t bound by any such policies. A Servant’s Heart Care Solutions maintains a strict policy against personal calls of any kind (on cell phones or otherwise) while its employees are caring for elderly clients.

Courtesy and Professionalism

An absolute ban on personal calls on cell phones might seem harsh, but it is the appropriate way to protect seniors’ safety. We don’t expect childrens’ daycare workers to walk away from children to take a personal phone call, and we would be horrified to see nurses or doctors texting on their phone while their patients need attention. Caregivers for the elderly are providing critical care while on the job, and private phone messages can wait until they return home.

Originally posted 2012-04-26 10:30:13.

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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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