IMPORTANT CAREGIVER TRAITS
Around the country, there are millions of people who serve as caregivers. Some caregivers work for home care agencies, others work independently, and others don’t “work” at all but are family caregivers who pitch in to help loved ones. No matter what type of caregiver a person may be, there are common characteristics that they all must have in order to perform successfully. When you can identify with these traits you will know that you are in the right field.
Attentiveness. It is important when providing home care that the caregiver is attentive to the needs and changes that are taking place. By being attentive, the caregiver will notice when there are emotional or physical changes in the person he or she is caring for.
Compassion. When someone has compassion for another they have an understanding of what the person is going through.When someone has compassion for another they have an understanding of what the person is going through.
Dependability. Those who need home care don’t usually just need it sporadically. Rather it is on a regular basis, so it is imperative that a caregiver be dependable and show up to provide the care that the person needs and is counting on.
Patience. Those who provide home care to others need to be patient. Being patient means that the person understands that there may be changes in plans, things may not go as quickly as planned, and there may be a little hesitation at times on the part of the person receiving care.
Trustworthiness. Caregivers are often in a position that will allow them to have access to the belongings of the person they are caring for. It is crucial that the caregiver be someone who is trustworthy and will not breach that trust by taking advantage of the person that is being cared for.
One of the most rewarding things about being a caregiver is the fact that you will be able to help others on a daily basis. Through the services and support you are providing, you will be having a direct impact on the quality of life for your clients. This alone can make the hard work and dedication rewarding!