Home care providers and home health
care providers are a unique breed. While training is needed to meet
job requirements, home health care providers must also possess other
innate qualities that enable them to compassionately perform job
functions, as per patient wishes and the wishes of their families.
These special qualities are what make all the difference between
average home care providers and excellent senior care providers.
This article examines caregiver characteristics that are necessary
for providing invaluable services within homes and communities
Senior home health care providers
must be able to perform all of the following job functions,
Assisting clients, seniors, and
care recipients with daily living activities.
Preparing meals for clients.
Any necessary assistance with
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
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 and
responsibilities lie the real substance of a home health care
provider’s role; that of the compassionate personal attendant.
Caregivers must go beyond handling the needs of care recipients and
responding appropriately to certain job situations, but demonstrate
compassion, love, caring, and thoughtfulness. When those qualities
are present, you’ll know you have a caregiver who not only loves
their job, but love those they provide care for. Caregivers, home
health care providers, and senior caregivers are dedicated
individuals who have a passion for helping people, and are selfless
in their desire to improve the quality of life for senior loved ones.
Home health care providers work as facilitators to achieve a better
quality of life for elders in need of support.
Other characteristics of exceptional
home care providers include:
Commitment and dedication.
Families and elderly individuals in need of home care should rely on
workers 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 home health care provider
into their environment, the caregiver should be respectful of the
situation, as well as any hardships the family or patient faces on an
Creativity. Great home care
providers are always thinking of new activities and ideas to
introduce to clients, designed to better their quality of life or
improve a situation, helping them gain comfort and independence.
Additionally, they should focus on creating new ways elderly
individuals can carry out tasks and learn new skills.
Judgment. Home health
caregivers should always exercise good judgment, and maintain
confidentiality, but not when a patient or client is in danger.
Senior home care providers find their
careers very rewarding, and perform invaluable services in homes and
communities everywhere. A home health care provider with willingness
to help elderly patients and loved ones in need and a caregiving
individual who chooses to make themselves available as relief for
families is invaluable.
Home care is an excellent option for
seniors who wish to continue living in their community and home to
feel secure, despite difficulties they may be experiencing. Home
care and assisted living care providers work with you and your loved
one to create a specially tailored 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. Learn more about home health care services and find out
if that type of support would benefit your loved one and improve
their safety, health, and well being.
Bio: Erica Ronchetti
is a freelance writer for Visiting Angels, the nation's
leading, network of non-medical, private duty home care agencies
providing senior care, elder care, personal care, respite care and
companion care to help the elderly and adults continue to live in
their homes across America. Visit the Visiting Angels website to find
out more information on homehealth care and homecare providers.