Posted on Aug 27, 2013
An effective caregiver needs to meet more than just a health care agency’s requirements.
In fact, effective caregivers must have certain qualities that are key to providing effective patient care. Many can get a CNA, LPN, or RN license, along with meeting background checks and drug screenings; however, there are some attributes that make some caregivers truly effective.
The following is a list of just a few but important attributes that Senior Helpers considers as key qualities of an effective caregiver:
- An effective caregiver demonstrates genuine empathy.
A caregiver needs to have the ability to place herself in someone else’s position. Indifference is the opposite of empathy!
- An effective caregiver is dependable.
Those who need help and assistance need to know that they can depend on a caregiver. A caregiver who is dependable lessens patient and family anxiety.
- An effective caregiver is patient.
Caregivers will often work with patients who may repeat the same stories frequently, are slow-moving, or who are unable to communicate. An effective caregiver understands a patient’s needs, status and limitations. She demonstrates patience and understanding. An effective caregiver will provide the client with sufficient time when assisting in the completion of activities of daily living.
- An effective caregiver is punctual.
Effective caregivers have time-management skills. They arrive on time, and leave on time. We do understand that family situations do take place, or that traffic jams or accidents occur. However, an effective caregiver will know to communicate any delays to the agency with ample time, so the agency can deal will delays in a timely manner.
- An effective caregiver is flexible.
Effective caregivers know that a patient’s status may change. In turn, an effective caregiver is flexible enough to meet the client’s needs. Rigidity is not an asset.
- An effective caregiver has a personal commitment in keeping up with required training, along with yearly documentation.
Proactive caregivers are always learning new skills, keeping up with required training, and updating documentation. No one has to remind them.
- An effective caregiver takes the time to read and understand the patient’s care plan.
The most effective caregivers will discuss the plan’s requirements and patient goals with the nursing staff. In fact, a truly effective caregiver will keep the nursing staff informed and document when changes in status are observed. In addition, an effective caregiver will know the limits of her scope of practice.
- An effective caregiver communicates and provides feedback when needed.
Effective caregivers are always able to provide timely and objective feedback to the patient’s team of doctors, nursing staff, or to emergency-care personnel when needed.
- An effective caregiver is organized is carrying out daily activities and patient’s goals.
Having the ability to organize daily activities, and provide written proof of these activities provides the nursing staff a way to verify that the plan of care is being followed. In addition, it provides a patient and client with continuity of daily processes. The client’s family and the patient know what to expect when there is continuity of care.
At Senior Helpers, we continuously strive to identify caregivers who demonstrate these key attributes and qualities. These are the caregivers we want caring for your loved ones.
Should you need our home health care services, please call us so we can schedule a free assessment and start caring for your loved ones.
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