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What Being a Great Caregiver Means

Caregivers are all around us. But that doesn’t mean they are all great caregivers. What separates the great caregivers from the rest is their marked traits and work habits that stand out.

Here are some of the traits that make someone a great caregiver:

  • Empathy and compassion.

It is essential that a caregiver feel the desire to want to help. By showing both empathy and compassion, caregivers will let the person know that they care about them and want to do what they can to help.

  • Patience.

When you work with someone who needs home care it is important that you are patient and understanding. It helps to sometimes put yourself in the other person’s shoes and see what it might be like to ask people for help.

  • Reliable.

A great caregiver is someone that can be counted on to be there. If the caregiver says he or she is going to be there to provide home care every morning, then the caregiver shows up, unless there is an emergency. Those needing home care services need a reliable and dependable caregiver.

  • Trustworthy.

Most people who need home care services are in a vulnerable position. They are inviting someone into their home to be near their valuables. A good caregiver is someone who is trustworthy in this regard, as well as in being trusted to keep the client’s information confidential.

  • Flexible.

As with most things in life, needs may change and unexpected events can happen. A good caregiver will be prepared to go with the flow, being flexible, so that they continue to provide good home care, even if a rigid schedule isn’t being followed.

Good home caregivers are those who naturally have an urge to help others. Often times they are people who have always placed a priority on helping other people. They want to make the world a better place and they do it with one home care patient at a time. Becoming a good home caregiver isn’t something that will necessarily happen immediately, but if the basic qualities are there, those people can develop their skills over time to become great!

Learn more about MatrixCare Home Care designed for Private Duty, Medicaid, and Medicare companies.

Linda Donev
Linda Donev

Linda Donev started her career in home care with Kelly Assisted Living Services in 1985. She transformed an under-performing location in South Florida into one of the most profitable in the country. Linda served as Regional Manager at Kelly Assisted Living Services and was responsible for 22 offices. In 1988, she started FirstChoice Health Care Services and with her partners grew that business to $12 million in annual revenues before its sale in 1994. Over the next few years, she consulted for start-up and growing home care businesses. Linda joined Stratis Business Systems in 1999 which designed, marketed, and supported home care software solutions. Linda became Vice President of Home Care Solutions when Stratis joined the MatrixCare family in 2015. Linda earned a Bachelor of Health Sciences at Florida Atlantic University.

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