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