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Qualities of Caregivers

5 Qualities That Make a Great Caregiver

Caregivers are the people we rely on to look after our aging loved ones. These are the people we open our homes and hearts to and essentially act as a companion to those they are caring for. A caregiver is responsible for the health, happiness and prosperity of someone in need. It takes a lot more than a caring personality to make a great caregiver.

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1. Compassion

Compassion by definition is concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. It is a core characteristic and inherent in any amazing caregiver. A compassionate person puts another person’s well being as a top priority.

2. Patience

Patience is a virtue. A patient person understands things don’t always go as planned and stays collected when unexpected delay happens. Patience is absolutely necessary when caring for the elderly. As we age, our bodies and minds don’t work as well as they used to. We function slower and forget more. Excellent caregivers easily remain calm and work with the elderly patients.

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3. Enthusiasm

Caring for the elderly is not for the faint of heart. It is important for a caregiver to enjoy what they do. They must stay positive and optimistic in order to motivate. A caregiver should be someone’s champion and cheerleader. The best caregiver’s are enthusiastic when encouraging our elders.

4. Trustworthiness

We open our homes and hearts to caregivers. In many situations, caregivers have access to our aging loved ones’ personal belongings and finances. A caregiver is in a position to easily take advantage of the person they are caring for. We have to trust the caregiver has our loved one’s best interest in mind. We depend on caregivers to show up and provide the care a person in need is counting on. Trust also builds stronger relationships and leads to better, more open communication.

5. Attentiveness

It is imperative for a caregiver to be attentive to the needs of the person they are caring for. A caregiver needs to constantly monitor and recognize changes in things such as skin color, appetite, physical condition and behavior. The best caregivers can detect even the smallest change. When we are attentive, we become better listeners and observers. Multitaskers and phone addicts need not apply– caregivers are present in the moment and not distracted by other things. The best caregivers focus their attention to whoever they are looking after.

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