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.
What Are the Qualities of a Good Caregiver?
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.