What Makes a Great CAREGiver?

If you have ever cared for a loved one before or if you enjoy interacting with older individuals and want to pursue an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of older people, CAREGiving might be the career for you.

 To kick off the New Year, we’re looking for people to join our team with a desire to build great relationships with our clients. As part of our campaign, #youcancare, we’re encouraging people to consider working in care who may not have before.

 If you’re thinking about it, here is a list of top qualities that make a great CAREGiver:

Patience.  Those who provide care to others need to be patient. Sometimes, things may not go as quickly as planned, and there may be a little hesitation at times on the part of the person receiving care. Remaining calm and patient no matter how stressful the task at hand is a really important skill.

Kindness and empathy. A little kindness goes such a long way. Being kind often requires courage and strength and there are many opportunities to practice kindness when caring for clients.

 Attentiveness. It is important when providing care to people in their own homes to be attentive to the needs and changes that might take place. The very nature of care means that things can change quickly. Listening, noticing changes in routine or behaviour and taking action are all crucial to providing high quality care.

 Dependability. Someone who is in need of care has lost some degree of independence and they have to be able to depend on the person or people providing care to them. A dependable CAREGiver is someone who arrives on-time and provides the highest level of care, every time.

 Integrity. Having a strong moral compass means that you do the right thing, not the easy thing. Being trustworthy, honest, and compassionate are key traits to have as a CAREGiver.

 Here at Home Instead we asked some of our CAREGivers to tell us what caregiving means to them, this is what they told us #youcancare

 “Helping people to live independently, for as long as possible in their own homes, listening to them about their personal life journey, making that difference.” Lindsay B.

 “Making new friends with the clients and a very rewarding job.” Dawn R  

 “Being able to look after people in their own homes & having time to make a difference. The client always comes first & because we as caregivers have our own clients, this helps us to get to know our client and for the client to get to know us. I love my job as a caregiver.” Anne W

 “Giving people home care not only gives them independence but gives us the opportunity to find out about their fascinating lives. Most satisfying job to date.” Alan J

 “Listening, laughter and being fully present creating a healing, safe and loving space .... a feeling that's irreplaceable.” Heather W

 “Making a difference, when it becomes more than a job and starts being family.” Vicky W

Recently for the #youcancare campaign we also told local listeners on Stray FM Radio about the role of caregiver and just how rewarding it can be, click on the link below to listen to the interview:  


If this sounds like the job for you, please phone Harrogate 01423 774490, Ripon 01765 530400, Thirsk 01845 440510 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/harrogate.

Sheena Van Parys 

Home Instead Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk