One of the most rewarding and daunting occupations is a caregiver to the
elderly, which is why those who are compassionate and caring are typically
perfect for the job. However, there is a huge difference between good
and excellent care. If you are interested in hiring a caregiver for your
loved one or placing him or her in a nursing home, it is imperative to
understand the important qualities which are found in exceptional caregivers.
The following are the four qualities of an excellent caregiver:
Values – Ethics is about doing the right thing at all times. A great caregiver
will hold himself or herself to a high standard when it comes to the work
they perform, ensuring that every proper step is taken for the health
benefits of their patient. Unfortunately, due to the high demand that
is associated with the work, many caregivers tend to take “short
cuts” to make their jobs easier.
Empathy – Having empathy allows a caregiver to place themselves in the position
of their patients in order to understand what they are experiencing and
how to properly help them. In addition, an empathetic caregiver can also
help build a strong relationship and good rapport with their clients.
Advocacy – An exceptional caregiver will always look out for the best interest
of their patients. They will not sit back while their client suffers from
their illness or their current state-of-mind.
Patience – Elderly patients require more time to perform daily tasks and additional
care. An excellent caregiver will work with their patient in order to
promote independence and dignity. Bad caregivers often rush their patients
or provide inadequate care due to time constraints.
If you are interested in placing your loved one in our Hampton elderly
contact Mount Carmel Assisted Living and schedule an appointment today.