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What Makes a Great Caregiver?

Taking care of an older family member or providing professional elder care services is noble work that helps vulnerable people maintain happiness and an optimal quality of life.

That’s why caregivers need specialized training to provide adequate care and particular character traits to provide a wonderful experience for the people they support. Here are some of the essential aspects required to be a successful caregiver.

Empathy and compassion

Empathy and compassion are perhaps the most essential qualities a great caregiver needs. As a caregiver, you’re faced with many different clients and patients, some of whom have varying degrees of requirements. To fully appreciate how difficult life can be for them, it’s crucial to empathize with their situation.

Many people receiving care don’t like that they depend on others and may act with resistance or become frustrated. Showing empathy and compassion will help you navigate those difficult times and help you remember that you’re there for a reason. Also, many people in care are lonely, so allowing them to speak will help them feel appreciated, making all the difference in your relationship.

Knowledge and training

It can be dangerous to provide care to a loved one or a patient without the appropriate training or knowledge. Depending on the level of care required, you might need to undertake specialty training to maintain their quality of life and know how to react in certain situations. Most professional care companies will need you to undergo some training.

If you’re taking care of an elderly loved one at home, consider topping up your knowledge with some short courses. Once you’ve completed training, you’ll have the skills and training necessary to provide optimum care with confidence.


One of the key elements to providing quality care to older people is patience. The person under your supervision might take longer to do or understand things. Some days, they might feel frustrated and act rudely. It’s essential to remember that this is usually a result of their circumstances and lashing out is simply a defence mechanism.

By being patient, you’ll earn their trust by enabling them to live life at their own pace.

Communication skills

Many older people might be reluctant to tell you if something is wrong. They might feel guilty for needing your care and won’t bother you with further issues. Therefore, you must develop good communication skills and stay in constant dialogue to help them feel comfortable telling you if they need extra help.

Over time, trust will build between the two of you and grow into a great relationship full of openness and honesty.

 A Positive Attitude and Outlook

Given the nature of elderly care, there will be days that you are overwhelmed by the job. This might be because of the discomfort they’re in, or you might feel that you aren’t doing enough to care for them. This mentality can seriously affect your mental health and, in turn, interfere with your caregiving abilities.

It’s essential to have a positive attitude and outlook at all times. It also helps when your older loved one isn’t feeling positive or is having bad thoughts. Keeping a positive outlook can help them feel better and keep their spirits up.

Of course, we’re all human and prone to different emotions. You can use different mindfulness exercises when you’re starting to feel down or stressed. Also, you can look for support from the older person you’re caring for. Most of the older people we work with are loving, caring, and very funny! Spending time chatting, doing puzzles, or playing games with them can chase even the darkest clouds away.


Eldercare is a job with constant changes. Your loved one or patient might go from being able to walk unassisted to being bedridden in the space of a few days. There might also be changes in medication or the need for emergency operations. Adapting to these changes appropriately and giving the best possible care will help you stand out as a caregiver.

Passion and dedication

Providing care to an older person is very gratifying. You’ll have a direct impact on that person’s quality of life.

You can only achieve this by having a passion for taking care of people and dedication to constantly improving your skills and getting better. Otherwise, you might grow frustrated at the many difficulties that will come your way, which in turn will affect your ability to provide good care.

Great attention to detail

It’s essential to be highly attentive and focused. Attention to detail ensures that you’re aware of new changes that might signify a worsening of your loved one’s condition. They might choose to withhold vital information from you, so you must constantly be checking to identify any developments that might later become issues. Great attention to detail will also help doctors and nurses better understand how your loved one or patient is progressing and better tailor care to their needs.

Caring for an older person can be hard work, but the joy you bring to their life will be more than worth the effort. Our caregivers love every moment of providing care, and we sincerely wish you will too!

In-home elder care in Etobicoke, Mississauga, and Brampton

Carehop provides professional, empathetic, and respectful in-home elder care for your beloved family members in Etobicoke, Mississauga, or Brampton. Our fully-trained and qualified staff tailor care plans to your relative’s needs. Our goal is to bring joy and sunshine into their home and ensure that they are happy, thriving, and cared for at all times.

For more information about our elder care services, please feel free to contact us anytime. We’d love to discuss how our approach to quality elder care can make a positive difference in the lives of your elderly loved ones and family.

About the Author

Michael Lu is the founder of CareHop. He started the business inspired by his Grandmother to look at ageing as a happy experience to bring sunshine into the homes of others.

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