Is CAREGiving for you?

Welcome to Senior Snippets: an advisory column with the older members of our community in mind, brought to you by Home Instead Senior Care in Yeovil, Sherborne, and Bridport.

So is this job for you?

People become carers for many reasons. Some find themselves in the role unexpectedly when they are faced with either taking care of a husband or wife or an elderly parent, unable to look after themselves in their day to day lives. These ‘accidental carers’ who have no previous care experience often make fantastic CAREGivers owing to their personal experience.

We have compiled a list of personal attributes and qualities that CAREGivers tend to have. If you feel that you have a special way of taking care of others, perhaps CAREGiving is a great way to make a difference to the ageing population in our community,  helping others who need a bit of support, and earn a bit of money while doing it for a few hours a week!

1. Patience – Patience is a virtue.  The elderly may not be able to do things as quickly as youngsters, or as quickly as expected.  Are you the type of person who can take a step back, breathe deeply, and put yourself in someone else’s shoes to understand what they are going through?

2. Empathy - If you can totally put yourself in the place of who you are caring for, then this is a sign you may be a great CAREGiver. Good CAREGivers understand that elderly people may feel vulnerable, scared, confused and uncomfortable, and being able to identify and calm these fears can create a sense of trust for those being cared for.

3. Reliability - People receiving care come to rely on and depend upon their CAREGivers and often feel a sense of personal attachment. Being a reliable and dependable person therefore is a must.

4. Caring and encouraging attitude – Older people tend to feel happiest when they are comfortable with the CAREGiver’s attitude. Being a voice of encouragement is a good quality for a CAREGiver, as is the ability to be calm and provide reassure to those being cared for.

5. Sense of humour- Humour can help people cope with difficult situations, relieve the stress of serious situations, and bond with others. Being able to laugh helps to put problems into perspective and helps create a more upbeat and positive environment.  

If you’re interested in becoming a CAREGiver with us, why not give us a call? Or take a look at some of our vacancies.