The Making Of A Great CAREGiver

Have you ever cared for a loved one or enjoyed interacting with older people?

If you want to pursue an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of older people, CAREGiving might be the career for you.
We’re looking for dedicated people to join our team, with a desire to build great relationships with our clients.

But what are the top qualities that make a great CAREGiver?

Providing care requires you to be patient. Sometimes things may not go as planned, it might take longer than planned or there may be hesitation from the client. It is therefore very important that you remain calm and patient no matter how stressful the situation is.

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

When providing a home care service, it is important to be attentive to the needs and changes that may occur. Things can change quickly in the care sector, which our CAREGivers must be prepared for. To be able to deliver high quality care, it is crucial to listen, notice changes in routine or behaviour and taking action when deemed necessary.

Someone who needs care and support has lost some degree of independence, having to depend on the person or people assisting them. A dependable CAREGiver is someone who arrives on-time and provides the highest level of care, every time.

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.

At Home Instead, it is important that as part of a caregiving role companionship and conversation are offered. Each CAREGiver is matched to a client based on mutual interests and hobbies to encourage a strong relationship to develop.

As a care worker, we understand that you have needs of your own. We think it’s important to make our carers feel appreciated, valued and ensure they gain the recognition that’s deserved.

But what does a CAREGiver mean to you?

Perhaps you think of looking after an older person, taking them to the toilet, helping them get dresses, completing household chores for them… but it is so much more!
It’s more like having another grandparent, building a bond that means you want to protect them.
The small things really brighten up their day and it’s such a lovely feeling being able to see how much a simple conversation can change their whole mood and general outlook of the day.

Why should you be a care assistant?

Not only are you helping a person in need, but you can benefit from the experience too.
Older people have a wealth of knowledge and life experience that is just waiting to be shared.
Being matched to your client’s and having longer call times (no 15-minute calls!) allows for a proper relationship to be built. This connection is mutually beneficial as you look out for each other’s wellbeing.
Flexible hours and not working behind a desk, allows you to get out and see the area local to you.
With Home Instead, you can also benefit from our nationwide Network Benefits, offering discounts at many high street stores, restaurants and attractions.
We also encourage career development and offer our CAREGivers the opportunity to work towards their NVQ.

If you are interested in beginning a career in care, or which to develop your career further, we would love to hear from you.

From our office in Abergele, Home Instead are proud to be able to provide care, help and support for seniors wanting to remain living independently in their own homes. Rewarding careers are also available for their CAREGivers across North Wales; including Abergele, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Denbigh, Holywell, Llandudno, Ruthin, Prestatyn, Llanrwst and everywhere in between!

For more information, please contact the office on 01745 772150.

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