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Monday, 13 March 2017 02:00

Traits every senior carer should have

When the day comes for our elderly loved ones to receive care and assistance at home, the task of finding the right person to provide such care can be a daunting one.

The type of people who go into care work – and are successful at it – all share certain qualities that make them wonderful at what they do. Here are some of those qualities to look out for as you search for the right person to care for the elderly or frail loved one in your life.

Kindness and compassion

This might be the most important trait in a carer; find someone who has a genuine love of their fellow human being and will always go the extra mile to ensure their comfort is maintained.

Patience

Look for someone who has the patience to answer repetitive questions and listen to endless stories from the “olden days”.

Flexibility

Illness and injuries can happen suddenly with the elderly. The carer you choose should be flexible enough to deal with emergencies that might crop up occasionally.

Dependability

In general, home care is a constant need and the person you employ should be trusted to be available on a more-or-less constant basis. The elderly often form an emotional bond with their carer, and it can be emotionally disruptive to them if the person caring for them is always someone new.

Trustworthiness

It’s a reality that the carer you choose will be in your parents’ home for large amounts of time, with access to mostly everything in the house. You need to be able to trust the carer implicitly with your elderly loved ones’ household.

A lovely idea – if possible – is to try and find someone who shares common interests with your senior loved one. A granny may enjoy someone who can swop out crochet patterns, just as grandpa would enjoy watching car races with a fellow motor enthusiast.


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