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How Caregivers Can Influence Quality of Life

By Lauren Robison, 8:00 am on

Quality-of-life is a growing concern for those who having aging loved ones at home. While promoting independence for the senior is a large part of the process, there is so much more, especially where the caregiver is concerned. One of the most overlooked factors that can promote or worsen quality-of-life for the senior is directly related to those that care for them and this goes well beyond the ability to meet basic needs.

At New Hampshire Home Care Assistance, we are committed to hiring the best, most qualified caregivers, because we know these individuals heavily influence the quality of care being provided. The following are just a few things to keep in mind when considering an in-home caregiver for an aging parent or loved one.

Credentials Are Not Everything

Sure, credentials are important when it comes selecting a caregiver, but possessing the basics does not mean that the caregiver will be a good fit. After ensuring that the professional caregiver has the proper training and screenings in place, the family must take additional factors into consideration such as the caregiver’s personality and temperament. Finding the right caregiver who is a right fit for your loved one will help mold the relationship and enhance overall care.

Qualities of a Great Caregiver

Caregivers should always be professional, reliable and respectful. These are qualities that any good caregiver should possess. However great caregivers should be able to show you, in few words, that they are passionate about what they do. This devotion to caring for seniors and older adults is often infectious, and something that is easily identifiable. Their genuine interest in your aging loved one’s wellbeing reflects a positive attitude and that they want to be in your loved one’s home. Great caregivers are also empathetic, supportive and trusting. Again, for many families it’s easy to identify these characteristics immediately – and doing so can help to promote a healthy home environment for your aging loved one.

Find the Perfect Caregiver for Your Aging Loved One

If your aging parent, grandparent or loved one is in need of assistance with activities of daily living, explore your options for caregivers and reach out to Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire today. Along with being rigorously screened and expertly trained, our caregivers are dedicated individuals who demonstrate honesty, compassion and conscientiousness. Learn more about our caregiver screening process and how our caregivers promote quality of life for their clients by calling us at 603-471-3004 and scheduling a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.