Sometimes familial relationships can be stressed when a
loved one is caring for an aging family member.
Oftentimes, families will look for in-home caregiving
assistance either on a limited basis, so a family caregiver can seek solace and
alone time or run errands and take care of chores. Regardless of the situation,
there are five key qualities that make a CAREGiver stand out.
According to Angil Tarach-Ritchey, R.N., and C.G.M., those
qualities are empathy, dependability, patience, strength and flexibility.
Tarach-Ritchey, who has decades of experience in this field, is a nationally
known expert in senior care and advocacy and has written several books on this
subject. Below are the key characteristics behind each CAREGiver quality that
Empathy – Tarach-Ritchey said empathy is primarily inherent
and some can empathize more than others. She said individuals should question
themselves as to how they would want to be treated and taken care of if they
were in similar circumstances.
Dependability – If someone needs care and assistance, a bit
of their independence has been lost. That can be difficult for some people to
deal with, so good caregivers try and can imagine how difficult it is to lose
the independence of fixing food, bathing, getting dressed and running errands.
It can be difficult to find reliable care to help step in and fill that void,
so Tarach-Ritchey said caregivers must be dependable when a senior’s life lies
in their ability to offer care.
Patience – After children, most care recipients are seniors.
Sometimes, the care they need stems from injury, physical illness, stroke
recovery or Alzheimer’s. Each of this situations are the cause for special care
and caregivers must be patient when the person they’re caring for cannot move
or process quickly. Tarach-Ritchey recommends caregivers allow a person to try
and do as much as they can for themselves, but be sure to give them ample time.
Strength – Whether your care recipient is having a bad day or you are, you may
need to dig deep within yourself and find the strength to take a deep breath,
take a break and find that aforementioned patience. Also, recognize your
weaknesses, Tarach-Ritchey said, and know when you might need additional help.
Flexibility – A situation can change in the blink of an eye
when caring for another. The ability to be flexible is crucial. A care
recipient may suddenly fall ill, your schedule may change. Caregiving is a
great fit for those who can adapt to change quickly and accept those changes
easily, Tarach-Ritchey said.
If you are interested in becoming a professional CAREGiver with Home Instead
Senior Care, please call us at 412-595-7554 or visit https://www.homeinstead.com/265.
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