Caregiver Assisting Seniors With Cooking.

Important Traits Every Caregiver Should Have

Around the country there are millions of people who serve as caregivers. Some caregivers work for home care agencies, others work independently, and still others don’t “work” at all but are family caregivers who pitch in to help loved ones. No matter what type of caregiver a person may be, there are common and important traits that most seem to possess, to perform caregiving duties successfully. When you can identify that the person has these common traits you will know that your loved one is in pretty good hands.

Here are some of the best traits that every caregiver should have:

  • Patience.  Those who provide home care to others need to be patient. Being patient means that the person understands that there may be changes in plans, 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.
  • Compassion.  When someone has compassion for another they have an understanding of what the person is going through.
  • Attentiveness. It is important when providing home care that the caregiver is attentive to the needs and changes that are taking place. By being attentive, the caregiver, will notice when there are emotional or physical changes in the person he or she is caring for.
  • Dependability. Those who need home care don’t usually just need it sporadically. Rather it is on a regular basis, so it is imperative that a caregiver be dependable and show up to provide the care that the person needs and is counting on.
  • Trustworthiness.  Caregivers are often in a position that will allow them to have access to the belongings of the person they are caring for. It is crucial that the caregiver be someone who is trustworthy and will not breach that trust by taking advantage of the person her or she is caring for.

Home care services are on the rise as more people find that it is an affordable option, and one that allows people needing assistance to stay in the comfort of their own home. But hiring the right caregiver is going to make all the difference in how that home care turns out and how well a loved one is cared for. By looking for the above traits in your caregiver you can bet your home care journey will be off to a great start!

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Joe Kraus

Joe Kraus has spent the past eighteen years focused on home care automation as both IT manager and vendor. As Director of IT for FirstChoice Health Care and later as VP Information Systems for Home Care America, he selected and managed technology for these multi-site, regional providers. In 1999 he founded Stratis Business Systems which designed, marketed and supported the Visitrax (1999-2008) and Soneto (2009-Present) home care software solutions. Before home care, Kraus developed financial software for General Electric and is a graduate of GE’s Information Systems Management Program. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Caregiving Youth ( Kraus has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management.