Quality Caregivers Are the Key to Our Success...Without Question!!!
Caregivers are the backbone of our industry and they are responsible for the care and well being of others. These are not easy words to live up to and it takes a very special person to be a CARE GIVER. Many people who go into this field are known for their sensitivity, their giving nature and their nurturing desire to help those in need and overseeing the safety and emotional needs of their charges. We have some of the best!
One of the best qualities a caregiver can have is a sense of empathy for those being cared for. A sense of personal understanding and connection is vital. Good caregivers understand their charges may feel vulnerable, scared, confused and uncomfortable, and being able to identify and allay these fears can create a sense of calm and trust for those being cared for.
Good caregivers know how to calm and sooth their charges. People in care-giving situations must often be prompted to eat, drink and cooperate to some degree in their own care. Being a voice of encouragement is a good quality for a caregiver, as is the ability to calm and reassure those being cared for.
People being cared for often take longer than usual to complete simple tasks or routines. Understanding the limitations of those you care for can help 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.
Caregivers often deal with bodily fluids, 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 charges for uncontrollable body functions, regardless of age or circumstance.
People receiving care typically lack the ability to be fully independent and self- sufficient, which can lead to frustration and lashing out. Patience is vital to the role of caregiver. 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.
Reliability is a vital trait in a caregiver. People receiving care come to rely on 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.