It may have taken you or your loved one a while to decide to hire an in-home caregiver or private duty nurse. And, it may take a while to become comfortable with this new situation. It is, after all, a new and personal relationship that is about to be embarked upon.
Think about the qualities you would like in a caregiver that will make you feel the most at ease. You may want to mention these qualities when you call to get matched with a caregiver. Though we can safely say that we pride ourselves on having a staff who hold themselves to the highest standard – these qualities are ingrained in who they are. Here are 5 of the top qualities you will want in your caregiver:
- 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. All clients have unique needs. From errands to companionship to hygiene to memory care, the care provided is on a very personal basis. Be sure the caregiver you are matched with illustrates patience, kindness, and empathy right off the bat.
- Compassion. When someone has compassion for another they have an understanding of what the person is going through. This understanding helps you or your loved one feel connected and less isolated in new feelings or challenges, as well as more comfortable to speak up to ask for assistance with any new needs that arise.
- Attentiveness. This is crucial. By being attentive, the caregiver will notice when there are emotional or physical changes in the person he or she is caring for. It is important when providing home care that the caregiver is attentive to the needs and changes that are taking place so adjustments can be made as needed.
- Dependability. Those who request home care don’t require it sporadically. Care 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. We all require sick and personal days. When choosing a caregiver, ask if they have a backup plan in place should they become unavailable for some reason.
- Trustworthiness. Caregivers are often in a position that will allow them to have access to the physical well-being, finances, and 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 he or she is caring for.
Remember, anyone can complete caregiver training. Most caregivers take on this job because they have deep-rooted dedication to help their senior community. That said, it’s a good reminder for you or your loved one to be sure you are matched accordingly with someone who has these 5 qualities firmly in place.