Five Qual­i­ties To Look For In A CARER

Health & Nutrition - - SELF CARE -


ar­ing 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.


We’ve 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.


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 along 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.


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, 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.

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