Enhancing Live-in-Carer and Patient Relationship

July 9, 2016

What happens when a senior starts struggling with the daily activities at home and no family member is available to assist?

What happens when your aged parents want to continue living in their home even when it is unsafe for them to live alone? What do you do when you are overwhelmed by providing care to a disabled member of your family?

The solution to such issues is to get help and hire a professional live-in- caregiver! Caregivers come from a variety of backgrounds and are equipped with different sets of skills.

Most of them are basically sitters who work either for a homecare agency or a nursing home.

Regardless of a Carer’s  background, training or employer, there are specific characteristics that every care staff must possess in order to excel in this job. Live-in-Carers do not administer medical treatments or injections not unless they are RNs or LPNs, which is considered more of nursing care than caregiving. What am trying to say is that the professional credentials of a live in caregiver do not have major roles in their effectiveness but thier temperament does.

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Any professional homecare agency would therefore promote compassion as its primary quality while hiring. Live-in- caregivers must demonstrate compassion in order for them to work professionally with their clients. Apart from that, here are the other top qualities that caregivers must demonstrate.

Senior patient looking attentively at x-ray held by radiologist in hospital



Compassion can be defined as empathy in action. It calls for more than just sympathizing with a person’s situation:it is that willingness to extend your services to the needy person in order to help bring about a positive change. Caregivers must have the will to go an extra mile and hold their client’s hand whenever they need a shoulder to lean on. Sometimes, they have to sacrifice their own needs so that they can serve other people's needs.


Caregiving is a position of trust. Clients who hire caregivers are literally opening their homes, lives and habits to people who are unknown to them. Consequently, live-in- caregiver must demonstrate integrity towards their clients. They must respect their needs, property and privacy. Caregivers cannot afford to compromise integrity whatsoever. It is the core foundation of their professionalism.

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Honesty and integrity are cousins and both are related to trust. If for any reason a caregiver is dishonest with a client, the relationship is brutally damaged. Remember this relationship was purely based on trust. It can be very painful to that client who desperately needed help to manage his/her daily activities. Clients have more than enough on their hands. The last this they want is to keep a constant guard because they cannot trust their caregivers.


To any person requiring care, help can only be effective if it is given when it is needed. People who hire caregivers depend on their care so that they can maintain their routines and schedules. Caregivers must be dependable. This means that they must show up for work when scheduled, complete the assigned tasks, maintain necessary paperwork etc. Live-in- care givers who are not dependable are not only disruptive but can also be dangerous.


People who require constant care are usually frustrated by many things: mobility challenges, chronic pain, loneliness, memory lapse, medication effects, communication problems etc. It is, therefore, important to be patient with people who are placed under your care. A professional caregiver sets aside his/her own ego and feelings and focus on the welfare of the client. They must tolerate their behavior and moods because their clients are struggling with many things which makes it impossible for them to control their feelings.


Any Homecare agency must remain within the limits of their professional services. This means that they must hire staff that will avoid giving unnecessary personal advice, or even comment on any issue unprofessionally. Not unless the client is in a dangerous situation, caregiver must never reveal any information about their client to any unauthorized person. They should as well refrain from any gossip to or about the client.

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Taking care of the wellbeing of another person is a tremendous task. A caregiver must be able to handle emergency situations and other daily life-sustaining tasks. All Live-in- care caregivers must have CPR and First Aid training. Strong will and determination to deal with unforseen occurences can only be fueled by courage.


Stability supports all the other characteristics talked about above. A mature, stable and secure caregiver is invaluable because he/she will not have needs and demands that are likely to conflict with those of her client. A stable LIVE-IN- CAREGIVER is not only brave, but is also loyal, dedicated, trustworthy,patient, discreet, and on top of that compassionalte. Stability makes a big difference for those clients who may be in need of a shoulder to lean on.

In conclusion, these qualities may not be the most obvious upon first impressions but they are immeasurably valuable in a professional caregiver and they will eventually appear during the course of service. It will also be equally difficult to ignore the effects or absence of these qualities.

Who is taking care of your aging Mom and Dad?

Whether you and other family members take up this responsibility or a professional homecare Agency takes up this role, the quality of care your loved ones get is directly linked to the qualities. If the caregivers, are people rich in these qualities, then your answer will definately be, "the perfect live-in- caregiver".


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