Professional caregivers are a unique breed.
While training is needed to meet job requirements, professional caregivers
must also possess other innate qualities that enable them to
compassionately perform job functions. These special qualities are what
make all the difference between average home care providers and
superior home care providers
This article examines caregiver characteristics that are necessary for
providing superior home care services.
A Wide Range of Talents
Professional caregivers must be able to perform all the following job
Assisting clients, seniors and care recipients with daily living
Aid with ambulation or walking
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 the client
Understanding and following through on all requirements for the care of
your loved one
But beyond those essential functions and responsibilities lie the real
substance of a professional caregiver’s role: that of the compassionate
personal attendant. Professional caregivers must go beyond handling the
needs of care recipients and responding appropriately to certain job
situations, to also demonstrate compassion, caring and thoughtfulness.
When those qualities are present, you’ll know you have a caregiver who
loves his or her job and cares about your loved one. Professional
caregivers are dedicated people who have a passion for helping others and
are selfless in their desire to improve the quality of life for senior
Other characteristics of exceptional professional home care providers
Commitment and Dedication
Families and elderly individuals in need of home care should rely on
professionals to be available when needed, honor their commitments and
carry out all job-related responsibilities in a highly professional manner.
When a family chooses to bring a professional into the home, the
professional caregiver should be respectful of the situation, as well as
any hardships the family or client faces on an everyday basis.
Professional caregivers are always thinking of new activities and ideas to
introduce to clients, ones that are designed to better their quality of
life or improve a situation. Additionally, they should focus on creating
new ways elderly individuals can carry out tasks and learn new skills.
Professional caregivers should always exercise sound judgment, and maintain
confidentiality, but not when a patient or client is in danger.
Professional caregivers find their careers very rewarding and perform
invaluable services in homes and communities everywhere. A professional
caregiver is simply invaluable.
Superior home care providers work with you and your loved one to create a
specially tailored care plan to meet the personalized needs and services
required—and this plan can be adjusted at any point in time to ensure the
proper care is provided, as conditions can change.
See more about how to create a professional care plan for your
elderly loved one