When you’re looking for a caregiver for an elderly loved one, you want to ensure the person you’re entrusting them with has all the right qualities. Not only does this person need to be physically capable of doing the job, but they also need the right emotional and mental qualities as well. Before you hire a caregiver make sure they check all the boxes and have each one of these following qualities!
Working with elderly patients can sometimes be slow going, so any caregiver is going to need to have an abundance of patience. Perhaps your elderly loved one moves a little slowly, can be forgetful, or just enjoys talking – no matter what quirks they have, anyone working with them on a regular basis will need to be extra patient. Patience is not something that can be developed overnight either, but rather something that is developed with years of practice, so make sure you get references from past clients before making your final hire.
Every situation needing the assistance of a caregiver is going to be different, but they all will require empathy from the caregiver. The caregiver will need to be empathetic towards the patient, as well as the patient’s family as they are all going through a challenging time. Whether it’s offering an ear to listen or simply letting the family know they are there for them, empathy can go a long way.
A caregiver is only as helpful as they are dependable. In fact, without dependability a caregiver really won’t be much help to your family. You need your caregiver to show up when scheduled, so you can go about your daily life – going to work, running errands, or even household chores. If your caregiver does not show up when expected, it will cause even more stress in your life.
4. Sound Judgement
You need to trust your caregiver to make the important decisions for your elderly loved one when you’re not around, so they need to have sound judgement. This quality is difficult to gage during the interview process, so references can come in handy when trying to make your decision. If references aren’t enough, you can ask the potential caregiver to share past situations they were in and the judgment calls they made.
The last quality of a caregiver we will touch on is flexibility. Because the needs of a patient can change in the blink of an eye, so must a caregivers schedule. For example, if your patient suddenly becomes sick, your entire day will revolve around their care and you may be asked to stay later to provide an extra hand.
Although you now know what qualities to look for in a caregiver, you still have to complete your search for the perfect caregiver for your situation. Luckily for you, with Redbud you don’t have to look far! All of our caregivers have the above qualities and more so you can rest assured that your loved one is well taken care of. Give us a call today to discuss your caregiving needs!