The Heart of a Caregiver
At Comfort Keepers, we understand that a true Caregiver is more than just a task helper. Caregivers are placed into situations that demand empathy, compassion, and heaps of patience. Because of this, great Caregivers need more than their training and experience to do their work. They need a loving and caring heart.
Patience is more than a virtue.
One of the most important soft skills any Caregiver must possess is patience. A truly patient presence can set minds at ease and prevent momentary setbacks from derailing daily routine. For our clients who contend with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, this is especially crucial.
Comfort Keepers St. Louis Caregiver Arnetta Sawyer has a lifetime of experience working with individuals struggling with progressive dementia, and she explained how keeping a realistic perspective can help her remain patient, “The disease is not the person. I learned to separate those concepts.”
Arnetta calmly repeats herself when necessary, and remains engaged with the person she is caring for, offering a consistent, strong, and caring presence. This is exactly what those with Alzheimer’s and dementia need, as they can easily lose track of what’s going on and become upset or frightened. Patience is the only proper response, and true patience, coming from a place of understanding and compassion can make a stark difference in the lives of clients and their families.
Honoring our clients with empathy
Comfort Keepers Caregivers are motivated by empathy. It informs how they interact with clients from moment to moment. A Caregiver from our own team, Nancy Nooney, thinks empathy is the key to finding compassion in her work and in our communities, “Empathy, to me, is a huge deal and we need it now more than ever.”
Often, seniors receiving Caregiver support can be self-conscious and embarrassed, especially if they led independent lives until recently. Caregivers who practice empathy can better understand how to approach their clients and their family, with consistency, clarity, and affirmation.
Patience and empathy must come straight from the heart. There’s just no faking it. Comfort Keepers Caregivers form bonds of trust with their clients in order to deliver service that is personal and transformative.
A Caregiver’s heart makes all the difference. One-on-one, personal in-home care enhances the health and wellbeing of our loved ones through routine social interaction and healthy activities. To learn more about Comfort Keepers in-home care, call our St. Louis office at 314-576-7000 or visit our contact page to send us a message.
If you’re interested in pursuing a rewarding career as a Comfort Keepers Caregiver, call the number listed above or visit our Careers page.