Caregiving is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. It can be unpaid or paid but requires a lot of effort from the one doing the caregiving work. It needs physical as well as emotional determination of the brain to work and provide caregiving services every day of the week. At times, caregiving jobs may stretch to more than 24 hrs. straight in a row if needed.
When would you need Caregiving Services?
Caregiving services are mostly required in cases of impairment related to old age, chronic diseases and illnesses, as well as disability or it can be due to a mental health situation of the patient. Oftentimes, caregivers provide these caregiving services at the homes of the patient or elderly. Caregiving includes not just looking after the basic needs of the patient, but involves taking care of the medical routine, exercises, and helping the patient with other day to day activities. It is about taking all the responsibility of the patient who cannot move or do work on their own due to any kind of impairment.
Qualities to look for in a Caregiver
The first and foremost quality of a caregiver is that he or she is a well versed communicator who can easily understand the needs of your loved one and realizes that these patients can only be handled with care and love. They would only open up with you if you respect them and take care of them with sincerity. Similarly, when somebody has sympathy for another, they have the ability to understand what the patient is experiencing as well.
Secondly, hygiene of the caregiver and the one who is being take care of is essential as cleanliness plays a vital role in maintaining a decent lifestyle in anyone’s life. Giving bath to the patient, changing clothes, changing sheets and keeping their surrounding neat and clean keeps them fresh and they don’t get irritated and their wellbeing influences their everyday life positively.
Another important quality of a good caregiver for your loved one is that he or she monitors your loved ones medical condition regularly. The caregiver has to keep a check on the patients eating habits, giving them medication on time, exercising routines, physical therapies (if recommended by a physician) and schedules of their medical check-up and tests as well. Similarly, they are in contact with the doctors and physicians of the patient in order to update them about the condition of the patient.
Caregivers need to be very strong-minded and persistent because if there is an emergency in the house, the caregiver should absorb it all and know how to handle it immediately. Likewise, if there is any change in the mental health of the patient, they may lead to uncertain reactions towards the caregiver. Therefore, the caregiver must realize that such situations might come up and they might be the only help around at the time.
Last but not the least, the caregiver should be very trustworthy as they would commonly be in a position where the patient would be totally dependent on the caregiver all alone. He should understand that breaching that trust might affect the patient even more.
Hire a Professional Caregiver
If you need caregiving services for a loved one at your home, get in touch with Holistic Healthcare Services right away. We are the oldest established certified company providing healthcare services in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Faisalabad, and surrounding areas. Call 03 111 678 679 to talk to our representative. We also provide patient care and elderly care services.