December 12th, 2018 | BY: Allegra Chaney

The Qualities of a Caregiver: Ideal Caregiver Traits

Dear Allegra,

I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for many years. Now that my children are growing up and preparing to head off to college, it is time for me to reenter the workforce. I know that I will first need to go back to school for some training.

One career I am considering is to be a caregiver for a home care agency. When my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 10 years ago, I became one of her primary caregivers. While it was a difficult time for my mom and me, we worked together to care for my grandmother and keep her safe.

Despite our struggles, it was very rewarding to know that I made a difference in my grandmother’s life during her last years.

As I am exploring opportunities for my future, I’m trying to picture myself in each potential career. One thing I’m wondering is what are the qualities of a good caregiver? If you could share what you think is the profile of an ideal caregiver, it would be very helpful.

Sincerely,

Mika

What Are the Qualities of a Good Caregiver?

Dear Mika,

What a thoughtful question to ask! Professional caregivers who deliver care and support in the home often develop close bonds with clients and their family members. A good caregiver has a balance of traits ranging from empathy to reliability.

Here is a list of the most common qualities of a good caregiver:

  • Compassionate and empathetic
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Dedicated and patient
  • Calm under stress
  • Committed to growth and learning

Since you mentioned helping your mother care for your grandmother, I suspect you have a good idea of what a day in the life of a caregiver is like. The insight you gained from that experience will be invaluable in seeing things from a family’s perspective.

Resources for Professional Caregiver Candidates

If you feel you have the qualities of a good caregiver and decide to explore training options, here are a few resources you might find helpful.

  • How to Become a Caregiver: This online resource will connect you with training program information and with links to determine your state’s caregiver requirements. It can save you a considerable amount of research time.
  • Griswold Home Care Services: I also suggest you review a list of services offered by home care agencies like Griswold Home Care. Doing so might help you gain insight into the day-to-day tasks of a home care professional.

I hope this information is helpful to you as you explore career opportunities. Please let me know if you have any additional questions about caregiving as a profession.

Kind regards,

Allegra