Let’s face it, there is a distinct difference between marginal and exceptional caregivers. Which are you? I believe the answer to this question is determined based one’s attitude. Each day you have an opportunity to adjust your attitude and see the glass as half empty or half full. Yes! You have a choice when it comes to your attitude.
Remember you are entering someone’s home in a less than perfect time. Emotions may be elevated (keep this in mind when communicating). It is important that you feel the desire to want to help. By showing compassion and empathy, caregivers will let the family know that you care about the patient.
Sometimes a family member might misinterpret something you have explained. They are already under a lot of stress and or pressure. It is essential that you are patient and understanding. It is helpful to put yourself in their shoes to try and understand the level of stress they are under. They are entrusting you with their loved one (whether a mother, father, sister, brother or loved one). Like most people, family’s are reluctant to open up their homes and lives for observation and participation into their lives. Considering the circumstances, they are entrusting you to give them peace of mind.
Families need to be able to trust you, and more importantly, their loved ones must be comfortable with you. A great caregiver is someone that can be counted on. If you say you are going to arrive Saturday afternoon, then make sure that you show up.
Please be courteous and focused on your patient at all times. Successful caregivers understand that caring for someone’s loved one cannot be treated as a job. Your ability to care for family’s loved one has to be a commitment from the heart.