Five Qualities to Look for in a Great Caregiver for Seniors

In this article: 

  • 5 qualities a senior caregiver should possess
  • Your next steps to hiring a caregiver

Is there a senior in your life who would benefit from home care? When hiring a caregiver, you want to make sure that your loved one has the best of care. As you explore your home care options, keep in mind the qualities that you should look for in a great senior caregiver.

The Top 5 Qualities a Great Caregiver for Seniors Should Possess

How do you evaluate a caregiver? Start by looking for someone who has the following five characteristics.

Patience

Caring for seniors requires patience. If you’ve been caring for your loved one already, then you’re familiar with how stressful and tiring caregiving can be. Look for a caregiver who has the patience needed to perform this job.

Compassion

Great caregivers aren’t only patient, but they’re also compassionate. A truly great caregiver has an emotional connection to their work, and enjoys spending time with the people they care for. If possible, schedule an introductory meeting between a senior and the caregiver to make sure that their personalities are a good match.

Reliability

There’s nothing worse than receiving a last-minute call that your caregiver can’t make it, or just finding that they don’t show up one day at all. When you hire a caregiver, that caregiver needs to be highly dependable, especially if you’re not available to cover for them when they’re not able to make it.

At Cahoon Care, we carefully select caregivers who understand the importance of their jobs and who are highly reliable. If a caregiver gets sick or for some other reason can’t care for your loved one one day, we’ll work to find another caregiver to temporarily step in, so you don’t have to worry about your loved one going without care.

Knowledge

Seniors often have medical conditions that require specific care. Seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia also need specialized care. A caregiver needs to have the knowledge, training, and experience to be able to provide the quality care that your loved one needs.

Cahoon Care offers specialized expertise in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. We develop a customized care plan for each client, and may incorporate activities such as storytelling, doing puzzles, scrapbooking, and more. Additionally, we may incorporate therapies including music, pet, reiki, weighted blanket, and other alternative options.

Trustworthiness

It takes a lot of trust to invite a caregiver into your home and to entrust them with caring for your loved one. When hiring a caregiver, always listen to your gut instinct and be sure to have a background check performed, check references, and find someone who you can trust.

At Cahoon Care, we carefully screen and perform criminal background checks on any caregiver we hire, so these precautions are already completed for you. Many of our caregivers even connect with us through word of mouth from our existing home care team. Additionally, we call 3 to 5 prior client references to verify the quality of each and every caregiver we add to our team.

Your Next Steps to Hiring a Caregiver

Are you ready to progress with the process of hiring a caregiver? Please contact us today. We would be happy to answer any questions you have about home care, discuss your loved one’s needs, and find a caregiver who is the perfect fit for your loved one.