Characteristics of a Good Care Giver
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Characteristics of a Good Care Giver

A care giver should be reliable and dependable all the time. His services are hired by people needing help and proper care because they are no longer capable of doing things on their own.

Care giving is a rewarding and fulfilling job whether you are giving care to a family member or having it as a career to earn a living. Although many are hiring the services of a caregiver, especially the aged and the incapacitated, care giving work is not really for all. The fact that you are dealing with sick and incapable people, care giving job requires great responsibility, dedication and maturity. Here are some of the qualities that a good and ideal care give should possess:

  • A good care giver should be compassionate and understanding. He should learn how to empathize with his patient or to the one he is giving his care. Sincere care giving can be made possible if the care giver himself would try to put himself in the situation of the person needing care. He would know how he would like to be treated and cared for if he is in that condition. His empathy and understanding will serve as his motivation to give an exceptional care.
  • A care giver should be reliable and dependable all the time. His services are hired by people needing help and proper care because they are no longer capable of doing things on their own. They are very dependent on people who are providing them care especially in doing their personal thing such as taking a bath, preparing their meals, going to the bathroom, dressing up and brushing their teeth.
  • If you listen to the experiences of care givers, most of them would tell you that it is not an easy money and definitely not an easy job. It is an exhausting and tiring work especially if you are providing care for elders. The elders tend to be irritable because of illness, slow, difficult and painful to move and hard to deal with in general.  Thus, to be an effective care giver, you must have long patience. Otherwise, you can be ineffective in your function and are quick to quit.
  • A good care giver must be able to adjust to sudden changes in his work schedule. He should be flexible in any circumstances. Unexpected changes in schedule, shift and client may occur anytime. Sometimes you will even be required to render overtime services because of your patient’s health condition. Care giving work is best for people who can easily adapt to changes especially if it involves health of the patient.

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