Five qual­i­ties to look for in a carer

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Car­ing for some­one can be chal­leng­ing and un­pre­dictable and car­ers are of­ten re­quired to spend sig­nif­i­cant amounts of time with those they look af­ter, and need to be able to con­nect with and com­fort them at their most vul­ner­a­ble. This makes it vi­tal to choose a carer that has not only the rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence, but also the right char­ac­ter traits to pro­vide your loved one with the high­est qual­ity of care. Su­perCar­ers, a ser­vice that helps fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als need­ing care find com­pas­sion­ate and ex­pe­ri­enced lo­cal car­ers, have helped put to­gether the fol­low­ing list of qual­i­ties:

Pas­sion­ate

If some­one is pas­sion­ate about their job, they’re much more likely to do it well – and this is par­tic­u­larly true for a carer. Care work can be a de­mand­ing job, so it’s im­por­tant that they are driven in their work. As Su­perCarer Eva puts it, “I find great sat­is­fac­tion in the small things. Help­ing vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple over­come their daily tasks makes me feel ful­filled, es­pe­cially when I see im­prove­ment in their well­be­ing and life­style.”

Easy­go­ing

Car­ers of­ten work with clients for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time and for some peo­ple, will be the only per­son they speak to on a day-to-day ba­sis, so get­ting on and re­spect­ing one an­other is crit­i­cal. Shared in­ter­ests can also help, par­tic­u­larly in the early days of get­ting to know each other.

Trust­wor­thy and re­spect­ful

Car­ers of­ten work with peo­ple when they are at their most vul­ner­a­ble, so it’s es­sen­tial they have their com­plete trust. They must be reliable, punc­tual, and re­spect­ful. Su­perCarer Vic­to­ria em­bod­ies this trust­wor­thy and re­spect­ful ap­proach in her work: “I made the client re­alise that she’s the one in charge, she’s the boss, it’s her house. When I want to do things I will ask if she wants me to do them first. The main thing is to in­volve them in what­ever you’re do­ing.”

Good com­mu­ni­ca­tor

A carer com­mu­ni­cates well with their client and their fam­ily, in or­der to help them make the most suit­able health and life­style choices. The carer also needs to be proac­tive in li­ais­ing with other care providers – such as doc­tors, nurses, phys­io­ther­a­pists, so­cial car­ers, and nu­tri­tion­ists – in or­der to en­sure the client’s needs are met and their wishes are re­spected at all times.

Ex­pe­ri­enced

The right qual­i­fi­ca­tions are an es­sen­tial start­ing point although as with most things in life, there’s no sub­sti­tute for prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence. Car­ers need a mix of tech­ni­cal skills, ini­tia­tive, con­fi­dence, and fa­mil­iar­ity with a wide range of con­di­tions and sit­u­a­tions. At Su­perCar­ers, we check ev­ery­one has at least the qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired to work as an in­de­pen­dent carer, but we also let you see ex­actly what train­ing they have un­der­taken re­cently on their pro­files, so you can be sure you’re choos­ing the right per­son for your needs. Once you’ve found a carer with the right set of skills and per­son­al­ity, you can be con­fi­dent your loved one is in ca­pa­ble hands.

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