What kind of person becomes a health sitter? At SitByCare, our motto is “happy sitters make happy patients.” This is about more than just our commitment to our sitters, it speaks to the kind of people we believe will make great health sitters. Providing joyful companionship is our mission at SitByCare, but it will take more than a big smile to be a great health sitter. Health sitters are people who:
Keep the Connection Going
You know that everyone has a story that deserves to be heard. Our health sitters are joyful people who genuinely love to hear what other people have to say. You don’t need to be an extrovert, but you do need to like conversating over shared interests or in a shared language. When they’re talking, your attention is 100% on them. And when you’re talking, speak to your companion as if they’re your best friend.
Having experienced medical conditions can make someone uniquely well-suited to become a health sitter. Someone who beat cancer will know what it is like to have to go through tough cancer treatments—as their companion may be going through now. Someone who underwent a major surgery can relate to a surgical patient companion about how tough it is fasting before an operation and how boring it can be to be by yourself recovering. Through the SitByCare platform, sitters can share in their profiles if they have these experiences to help better match companions.
Keep Calm and Carry On
Even though SitByCare heath sitters provide non-medical companionship, working in a medical or long-term care facility means unexpected things sometimes happen! The ideal health sitter should be calm under pressure and always solution-oriented. If something is happening to your companion, get help from a health care professional as quickly as possible.
A good health sitter will be patient, as many companions are living with medical conditions or disabilities that can limit their mobility, affect their hearing or sight, or affect their energy levels.
Keep It Professional
When your companion sees you arrive (on time, of course!), they should be able to notice your self-confidence and recognize that you are here to care for them. Well-dressed and well-groomed, you look like you’re ready to roll with whatever challenge comes your way. Exuding confidence will not only make you feel better, but it’ll also make your companion feel better. There’s a chance they’re nervous! It’s part of your job to make the companion comfortable and happy with your companionship–and that starts with a smile.
The go-getters who excel as health sitters with SitByCare may even decide to become a full-time professional health sitter. Luckily, SitByCare has everything you need to run your independent sitter business from the palm of your hand!
These are some of the personal qualities that will make a caring and successful health sitter. Companionship is the medicine anyone can give, so get started today with SitByCare to make a difference!