Looking after an elderly can be a hard job whether you work in the care sector or if you’re caring for a family member but it can be one of the most rewarding jobs out there.
To be successful in this sector however, certain qualities are required. Let’s go through them!
We would like to think that having respect for an elderly individual is just the norm, but that is not always the way it is portrayed in the media with many instances of people not treating the elderly with respect. As an individual gets older their independence and mental capacities reduce, and sometimes what you are doing may come across as patronising. Even if the individual is becoming frail and/or senile, you need to keep in mind that they have a lot of history and that may be when they were younger they were able to stand on their own two feet. A good caregiver will be able to connect to them as a person and not just a client.
This is one of the biggest factors a carer should have. Ageing can be a difficult and confusing process for some individuals, as simple tasks they were once able to do, they may now find extremely difficult and is a challenge they now have to try really hard to overcome. A carer must be able to connect with that person and try to help them get through it, they should be able to understand their emotions and be aware that they could face new challenges.
A carer has A LOT of responsibility, they must make sure that their client eats, drinks, takes medication and makes appointments on time. If the carer does not follow up on these and they do not make sure all these tasks are done, the out come and can be severer.
A sunny disposition
A good carer should light up the room when they walk into it. A lot of elderly people suffer from low moods and depression, and a carer should be someone who gives them a lift and does not change their mood in a negative way.
Sometimes elderly people can get confused and simple tasks can be seen as difficult and they may take more time on these tasks, which can lead to them being frustrated. Patience is a key skill to help them understand why things seem hard and take time and to help them run through things at their own pace.
The mental and physical health of an older person can change dramatically in a short period of time. A good carer will be aware of these sight changes of deterioration early. They may lose their appetite, gain or lose weight, become more confused etc, these can be signs of an underlying problem and as a carer you should never dismiss them.
It is important to have all these personality qualities while working in this sector because you really are making a difference to individuals in their day to day lives and you want to impact their life in a positive way. Here at The Midlands Training Company we offer a course that can allow you to understand your role more. If you would like to find out more information please click the link https://www.themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk/product/care-understanding-your-role/.