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Caregiver 101

Caregivers are all around us. But that doesn’t mean they are all great caregivers. What separates the great caregivers from the rest is their skills, attitude, knowledge and work habits that stand out. Here are some of the traits that make someone a great caregiver:

* Empathy and compassion​. It is essential that a caregiver feels the desire to help. By showing both empathy and compassion, caregivers express that they care about their client and want to do what they can to help. * Patience. When you work with someone who needs home care it is important that you are patient and understanding. It helps to put yourself in the other person’s shoes and see what it might be like to ask people for help. * Reliable. A great caregiver is someone that can be counted on to be there. If the caregiver says he or she is going to be there to provide home care every morning, then the caregiver shows up, unless there is an emergency. Those needing home care services need a reliable and dependable caregiver. * Trustworthy​. Most people who need home care services are in a vulnerable position. They are inviting someone into their home to be near their valuables. A good caregiver is someone who is trustworthy in this regard, as well as being trusted to keep the client’s information confidential. * Flexible​. As with most things in life, needs may change and unexpected events can happen. A good caregiver will be prepared to go with the flow -being flexible- so that they continue to provide fantastic home care, even if a rigid schedule isn’t being followed.

Exceptional home caregivers are those who naturally have an urge to help others. Typically, they are people who have always placed a priority on helping other people. They want to make the world a better place and they do it with one home care patient at a time. Becoming a good home caregiver isn’t something that will necessarily happen immediately, but if the basic qualities are there, skills will be developed over time to become amazing!

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