An in-home caregiver is responsible for the well-being and care of others, primarily senior citizens. Most people who choose to go into this field have a sensitive, compassionate, and giving nature. Senior home care generally involves responsibilities such as feeding, bathing, dressing, and overseeing the emotional needs and physical safety of the patient.
Here are 4 signs of a compassionate senior caregiver:
Empathy. An empathetic caregiver will understand that their charge might be feeling confused, scared, vulnerable, and overwhelmed. He or she will be able to pinpoint and allay these fears to create a sense of calm and a relationship that is built on trust.
Patience. Generally, a person who is receiving care lacks the ability to be self-sufficient, which often leads to lashing out and frustration. A patient caregiver will be able to separate themselves from their charge’s feeling of resentment and anger, without taking the situation personally, and continue to provide high quality senior home care.
Realistic Outlook. An in-home caregiver must know that it will often take their charges longer to complete simple routines or tasks. A compassionate caregiver will recognize their patient’s capabilities and encourage their self-sufficiency while still offering the proper levels of attention and care. Having realistic expectations of one’s charge assists the caregiver in providing individualized and appropriate care.
Reliability. Reliability is a sign that you have an excellent caregiver on your hands. A person who receives care comes to depend upon their caregiver and will often develop a sense of personal attachment. A compassionate caregiver will be on time, particularly when part of their duties include administering medication and providing food.
If you want to ensure that your loved one is being cared for by a compassionate caregiver, contact Balanced Home Care today at 248.528.2600. We pride ourselves on offering independence, dignity, and peace of mind to our clients, and we look forward to working with you.