Whether you’re looking to enlist the full-time services of a caregiver or you’re considering taking on the role yourself, there are a few essential qualities a caregiver should have.
Five of these top qualities include:
1. Being a good listener
Sure, this may sound totally cliché. But being a good listener is an essential part of caregiving responsibilities as it provides both practical assistance on a day-to-day basis but also allows you to offer true companionship and friendship. Being a good listener also allows you to remain engaged with those you’re caring for, ultimately boosting their mental activity, while forming a strong emotional bond with them. Overall, this strong emotional and mental bond helps to build trust between you and your care receiver
If you are caring for someone with severe mobility issues, communication is the lifeline between you and them. You function as their arms and legs and help to make their lives more manageable on a day-to-day basis. By being a good listener, this means you take a genuine interest in your care receiver’s life, making you a better caregiver overall.
2. Having the right qualifications
This goes without saying, but any caregiver worth their salt must have adequate qualifications to ensure they know how to do their job to the best of their abilities. This also assures care receivers and their families that they are in the best hands possible.
All caregivers in the United Kingdom are required to have a DBS check, a First Aid certification and a Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults accreditation. Particular qualifications in dementia care and moving and handling are also advantageous.
3. Being trustworthy
This is a huge part of any caregiver’s journey – being trusted by a senior who struggles with anxiety, depression, dementia or Alzheimer’s is paramount to a successful caregiving career.
In order to establish this trust, a caregiver needs to demonstrate that they are reliable, warm, caring and willing to form a strong social bond with their care receiver. It’s important for a caregiver to show that they are open and honest and will do their utmost best to ensure the safety and comfort of a care receiver at all times. Being responsible and respectful helps to demonstrate your trustworthiness as a caregiver.
4. Showing compassion
Being compassionate comes from having enough life experience and emotional intelligence to be able to deal with stressful, sad, frustrating and sensitive life situations with grace and patience. Showing compassion means respecting a person’s dignity, no matter how old or ill or frail they may be.
Finding the right caregiver that is 100% compatible with a care receiver’s physical, mental and emotional needs is extremely important. Ultimately, a caregiver becomes an integral part of their life and as such, needs to have the right skill set, emotional intelligence, experience and personality traits in order to be the best caregiver they can be.
Just remember, there is no such thing as the ‘perfect caregiver’ because there are no perfect humans in the world. But you can find the perfect caregiver for your loved one’s needs by looking for the right qualities and qualifications for the ultimate peace-of-mind.