The care of an aging parent is important. It’s difficult enough to invade their independence with a caregiver but placing them with someone who’s personality doesn’t mesh, is worse. The role of a caregiver is tough and finding the person who possess the “gifts” necessary is important for the happiness of your senior.
Here are a few qualities that every caregiver should possess before they become part of your aging parent’s daily routine.
*Willingness for Flexibility – It’s important a caregiver be willing to “bend” with the changes in the life of client. Changes in routine and schedule are not always wanted but are certainly a given when caring for the elderly. Working with the “flow” is an important quality.
*Patience – If a client suffers with a dementia patience becomes a must. Repeated questions, constant reminding, and difficult moods require a person with the ability to change and adapt. One who is willing to smile, repeat, and move on.
*Listening – Sometimes the best medicine is simply to listen, hold a hand, and be supportive. Knowing a caregiver cannot always “fix” things is okay, but are they willing to sympathize and encourage?
*Attention to Detail – Finding the caregiver who has the gift to catch the “little things.” Things that may not seem important to most, are monumental to a senior. A caregiver with the gift to notice the small things and act on them is a jewel.
*Joyful – A caregiver who has the gift of happiness and joy is a welcome individual into the sometimes lonesome life of a senior. It’s important a caregiver leave their personal drama at home and bring a peaceful, kind and happy attitude to work. Happiness, singing, and laughter are proven morale boosters and sometimes they jog an aging senior’s memory to a time when things were different.
*Pro-Active – A caregiver should be pro-active in the care of their client. If something needs to be attended too, they make the necessary calls or take the initiative to do something. Including their senior into the process of daily activities is healthy and motivating for seniors so sharing the task of cooking over simply taking charge, encourages important cognitive skills in the elderly.
No one is perfect. But the search for a caregiver can be much easier when you know what to look for.