What Makes a Great CAREGiver

What Makes a Great CAREGiver?

Welcome to the latest edition of Senior Snippets: the monthly advisory column with the older members of our community in mind, brought to you by Bryn Evans of Home Instead in Sheffield.

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. Llistening, 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.

At Home Instead, the central and most important part of a CAREGiving role with is offering companionship and conversation. Each CAREGiver is matched to a client based on mutual interests and hobbies to encourage a strong relationship to develop.

I’d love to hear from you! To make a suggestion for a future topic, please write to me at [email protected] or by post to Home Instead, 6 Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield, S11 8YL. Alternatively, you can also call me on 01142 507709.

Bryn Evans