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Characteristics of Good Senior Home Care Providers

October 12, 2010

Home care providers and home healthcare providers are a unique breed. While training is needed to meetjob requirements, home health care providers must also possess otherinnate qualities that enable them to compassionately perform jobfunctions, as per patient wishes and the wishes of their families.These special qualities are what make all the difference betweenaverage home care providers and excellent senior care providers.This article examines caregiver characteristics that are necessaryfor providing invaluable services within homes and communitieseverywhere.

Senior home health care providersmust be able to perform all of the following job functions,including:

  • Assisting clients, seniors, and care recipients with daily living activities.

  • Preparing meals for clients.

  • Any necessary assistance with ambulation.

  • Light housekeeping tasks, cleaning, laundry, trash removal, tidying up.

  • Attending to all safety needs, ensuring a safe environment for patients and care recipients.

  • Effective and compassionate communication with patients, family, coworkers, and all interested parties.

  • Confidentiality, as per the wishes of family and patients.

  • Understanding and following through on all requirements for the care of the patient or senior loved one, including special needs and patient wishes.

Beyond those basic functions andresponsibilities lie the real substance of a home health careprovider’s role; that of the compassionate personal attendant.Caregivers must go beyond handling the needs of care recipients andresponding appropriately to certain job situations, but demonstratecompassion, love, caring, and thoughtfulness. When those qualitiesare present, you’ll know you have a caregiver who not only lovestheir job, but love those they provide care for. Caregivers, homehealth care providers, and senior caregivers are dedicatedindividuals who have a passion for helping people, and are selflessin their desire to improve the quality of life for senior loved ones.Home health care providers work as facilitators to achieve a betterquality of life for elders in need of support.

Other characteristics of exceptionalhome care providers include:

Commitment and dedication.Families and elderly individuals in need of home care should rely onworkers to be available when needed, honor their commitments, andcarry out all job related responsibilities in a highly professionalmanner. When a family chooses to bring a home health care providerinto their environment, the caregiver should be respectful of thesituation, as well as any hardships the family or patient faces on aneveryday basis.

Creativity. Great home careproviders are always thinking of new activities and ideas tointroduce to clients, designed to better their quality of life orimprove a situation, helping them gain comfort and independence.Additionally, they should focus on creating new ways elderlyindividuals can carry out tasks and learn new skills.

Judgment. Home healthcaregivers should always exercise good judgment, and maintainconfidentiality, but not when a patient or client is in danger.

Senior home care providers find theircareers very rewarding, and perform invaluable services in homes andcommunities everywhere. A home health care provider with willingnessto help elderly patients and loved ones in need and a caregivingindividual who chooses to make themselves available as relief forfamilies is invaluable.

Home care is an excellent option forseniors who wish to continue living in their community and home tofeel secure, despite difficulties they may be experiencing. Homecare and assisted living care providers work with you and your lovedone to create a specially tailored plan to meet the personalizedneeds and services required—and this plan can be adjusted at anypoint in time to ensure the proper care is provided, as conditionscan change. Learn more about home health care services and find outif that type of support would benefit your loved one and improvetheir safety, health, and well being.

Bio: Erica Ronchettiis a freelance writer for Visiting Angels, the nation'sleading, network of non-medical, private duty home care agenciesproviding senior care, elder care, personal care, respite care andcompanion care to help the elderly and adults continue to live intheir homes across America. Visit the Visiting Angels website to findout more information on homehealth care and homecare providers.

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