The Heart of a Caregiver

While working as a caregiver in college and now as the managing director of Meetcaregivers, I have had the opportunity to meet and speak to many caregivers. I have a lot of respect for their work and who they are as individuals. Most caregivers choose this career because they like caring for people and are very compassionate. It’s certainly not the type of work that you do to become rich. They do it because they like to provide daily assistance to seniors or individuals with disabilities. They want to make a difference in someone’s life.

Caregivers become like extended family members for many seniors. They assist them during a very sensitive moment in their lives. In addition to helping with daily activities such as bathing, bathroom functions, feeding, grooming, taking medication, and some housework, caregivers can also provide emotional support and companionship to many seniors. I was very close to all the seniors that I worked with. It’s a very rewarding experience to see that your work positively impacts someone’s life and makes their life easier or happier. It’s not an easy job like some people think. I always say, “Not everybody can be a caregiver.” It takes a special person to be a caregiver.

People often ask me what it takes to be a good caregiver. What type of training do I need to get? My answer is that it’s certainly very important to be a CNA (certified nursing assistant), HHA (home health aide), and learn how to work with individuals with dementia, Alzheimer, Parkinson’s diseases. However, in addition to that, it’s very important to really be a caring person, a people person, to be patient and reliable.

During our screening process at Meetcaregivers, we look for caregivers with experience but who are also passionate about their work and understand the responsibilities that come with being a caregiver. We are not a job board where anyone can sign up. We want to go above and beyond to make sure that the caregivers in our network are individuals that we would hire to work for our own family members. I always tell our care recruiters that if you are screening a caregiver that you feel like you wouldn’t hire for your own aging mother or grandparents, then that person should not be in our network.

If you know a great caregiver looking to work with seniors or individuals with disabilities, please send them our way. If you are looking for an excellent caregiver for your loved one, please reach out. We are here to connect you with experienced and caring caregivers.

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