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The qualities every carer for the elderly should have

Author: Nathan | Posted: 27th December 2016 | Category: General News, Recruitment


If you are considering a career in caring for the elderly, there are a number of personality attributes that lend themselves well to the role of a carer.

Though working with vulnerable people can be challenging, it is equally as rewarding, varied and fulfilling and is most definitely a profession to be taken seriously.

In order to be a successful candidate for an elderly care worker, you should have some of the following attributes:

Responsible

Taking on this kind of work leaves you in a position of responsibility, you will be directly involved with the health and wellbeing of individuals. You must be dependable and organised, carrying out important tasks such as distributing medicines and being in charge of an individual’s everyday care.

Empathy

You must be caring and compassionate to be successful in this industry. A caring attitude goes a long way and is vital for providing a happy and comfortable environment for residents. Many are at risk of becoming lonely, but as a care worker you are in a position to help prevent this and ensure they remain a part of the community.

Respectful

Respect is another extremely important quality for a care worker to possess. A genuine atmosphere of mutual respect between residents and workers leads to a more successful and effective service and in turn, ensures elderly people are living with the dignity they deserve.

Patient

Elderly and vulnerable people are often disadvantaged, which means they find it difficult to carry out even basic tasks as quickly and easily as others. Giving people time and space and showing a great deal of patience is a key attribute to a good social care worker.

Sensitive

You must be sensitive to the requirements and circumstances of each individual person you are dealing with. It could be that you need to be highly receptive in order to notice an issue, or simply listen and offer comfort in times of need.

People skills

Working in adult social care involves, above all, lots of interaction with people. You’ll need to have an approachable and friendly personality, able to communicate comfortably with people of all backgrounds, ethnicities and with various disabilities. Your job will also see you having to communicate clearly with fellow professionals.

If you’re looking for flexible work as a healthcare professional, or to hire care staff contact Educare here.

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