DO YOU HAVE THE QUALITIES REQUIRED TO BECOME A CAREGIVER FOR THE ELDERLY?
Are you wondering whether you will be a good caregiver? Suzie will help you with your orientation and list the qualities you need in order to work in the caregiving sector.
As a person ages and their autonomy and mental abilities decline, it is easy to fall into the trap of condescension. It is important to remember that even if an older person becomes fragile, he or she has a lot of valuable experience to share. A good caregiver should communicate with the older person as an individual, not just as a patient in need of care.
Empathy is one of the most important qualities a caregiver should have. Aging can be a confusing and difficult process for some seniors. The daily tasks they used to find simple can become a real challenge. Caregivers must be able to have a close relationship with their patients to help them through these difficult times. A good caregiver understands the emotions that an elderly person may struggle with and is capable of helping them cope with these new realities.
Good caregivers light up a room when they enter it. Some senior suffer from depression and caregivers should be able to lift their mood, not make it worse.
Depending on their mental and physical health, some seniors may be unwilling to eat, drink, lie down or wash themselves. A cheerful caregiver is more likely to invite cooperation from their patients.
The physical or mental health of an elderly person can change dramatically in the blink of an eye. A good caregiver will quickly detect signs of deterioration, whether it is reduced appetite, weight loss or gain, increased irritability. All these elements can indicate an underlying problem and a good caregiver will be able to perceive them and make the right decision quickly.
The work of a caregiver includes creating a relationship of trust with people from different backgrounds, personalities, cultures and religions. Caregivers should treat their patients with respect, regardless of their lifestyle and beliefs. They shall ensure that they receive dignified support throughout their care journey.
Depending on the work environment, a caregiver may have various activities to coordinate during the day. Home-based care can include many trips, with specific instructions required by each patient. A position in a nursing home may require planning and coordination with other co-workers to ensure that residents receive proper care, nutrition and the right activities at the right times. A caregiver must therefore be well organized to remember important information about the health status and abilities of each patient.
As a caregiver, you will have to deal with all kinds of situations. Don’t hesitate to ask for help, and find tools that will help you on a daily basis. In this toolbox, you will find digital or physical tools that can help you adapt to any situation and help you prepare activities with your beneficiaries.
Finally, to be a good caregiver, you also need to be properly trained! On the Care Academy’s website you will find more information.