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Characteristics of a Good Caregiver

By Kaitlyn Erdman

Whether you’re considering Home Care, or trying to hire a caregiver independently, there are a few characteristics every GOOD caregiver needs to have.

Caregivers are responsible for the care and well-being of others. Most people who go into this field are known for their sensitivity, their giving nature and their nurturing desire to help those in need. Care-giving typically entails responsibilities such as bathing, dressing, feeding and overseeing the safety and emotional needs of their charges. Some caregivers work in childcare positions, while others focus on geriatric home care or medical recovery. Most medical careers also feature a care-giving component, though the type of training necessary for various positions varies according to industry.

Here are a few traits of a good caregiver:

 

Empathy

One of the best, and most important, traits in a caregiver is their empathy. Whether its caring for kids, or the elderly, having a sense of how the other person is feeling can be a vital part of your caregivers role. Good caregivers understand that their client may feel vulnerable, scared, uncomfortable, or confused, and being able to identify and alleviate these fears creates a sense of calmness and trust from the person being cared for.

Patience

People getting cared for typically lack the ability to be independent and self-sufficient. They may lash out and become angry, blaming you or taking out their frustrations on you. You must be able to separate yourself from potential anger and resentment and not take the situation personally, all while still providing high-quality care services.

Realistic Outlook

People being cared for often have difficulty with completing simple tasks or routines. It is important for the caregiver to understand their clients individual limitations and expectations, as this can reduce tension in the environment. Good caregivers recognize capabilities and encourage self-sufficiency while still providing necessary levels of care and attention. Having realistic expectations about what an individual under your care is capable of can help you provide individualized and appropriate care.

Strong Constitution

Caregivers often deal with bodily fluids, wound care, bathing and other personal hygiene routines of their charges. A good caregiver does not shy away from delicate situations and works to help those they care for retain a sense of dignity. A caregiver never chides or shames her clients for uncontrollable body functions, regardless of age or circumstance.

Soothing Nature

Good caregivers know how to calm and sooth their clients. People in caregiving situations are often the voice of encouragement for those being cared for. They must have the ability to calm and reassure those being cared for, as it is not an easy time for the client.

Reliability

Reliability is a vital trait as a caregiver. People receiving care come to rely and depend upon their caregivers and often feel a sense of personal attachment. Caregivers must continually be on time, particularly if administering food or medical care is part of the position’s responsibility.