5 Reasons Why Patience and Empathy are Key Traits for Caregivers

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Caregivers

Caregiving isn’t a simple job. Whether for a family member, friend, or client, they pour their
whole energy and focus into ensuring the person they are looking after is comfortable and well-
cared for. This involves meeting the client’s physical needs and promoting their emotional well-
being. It isn’tisn’t easy. You need a set of medical skills, as well as emotional competency.
However, as the primary caregiver, it is important to care for our patients and ourselves and
provide ourselves with the right amount of self-care. That way, you could provide your patients
with the support they need. It can be challenging to take time to care for yourself, especially
when you have someone depending on you. But don’t worry. There are several Respite Care
options that will provide you the time you need to recharge and provide the care needed for
your clients.

Why Do Caregivers Need Patience and Empathy?

Caregiving is a respectable job. It requires a set of skills that not only promote a patient’s
physical well-being but also provide mental benefits. Since patients are in a vulnerable state,
they become more emotional. As caretakers, our job is to show patience and empathy to those
in our care. By doing so, it helps:

1) Builds Trust and Security

Some patients are not thrilled with the idea of assistance, even if they know it’s needed and for
their benefit. Because let’s face it, no one wants to feel helpless, especially around someone
they don’t know. They might reluctantly accept the bare minimum of help, especially regarding
private and personal care needs such as bathing or dressing.
It would take time for them to trust you fully. Remember, you’re a stranger to them. And for
many patients, it’s hard to show vulnerability to others, especially in their time of need.
As caretakers, we must understand them and give them time to trust us fully. Once patients
develop trust in their caregiver, they are usually more receptive to receiving the help they need.
Additionally, stress and discomfort can negatively affect recovery efforts and quality of life. So
it’s vital that a patient feel safe and secure in their surroundings.

2) Open Communication

You can’t properly care for someone if you don’t know what their needs are. Some patients
might hesitate to share their health issues or concerns with you, including denial, shyness, or
fear. A strong patient-caregiver relationship takes patience and a willingness to understand the
patient’s point of view.
With enough time and effort, a caregiver can open up enough lines of communication. Hence,
if communicated early on, the patient is more willing to discuss concerns that may prevent
further health complications or emotional distress. This aspect of the caregiver relationship is
especially crucial if the patient doesn’t have close relationships with family members or isn’t
particularly communicative with their doctor.

3) Prepare for The Unexpected

When it comes to caregiving, things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes a treatment plan
doesn’t work as expected, or the patient changes their mind about a care service and becomes
uncooperative. As caregivers, it’s our job to be open-minded and avoid getting frustrated when
plans change. Because any signs of frustration on our part can upset patients, possibly resulting
in further frustration for both you and the patient.
Patience is one of the most important qualities a caregiver can possess and is especially crucial
when working with those with Alzheimer’s or other diagnoses of dementia.

4) Shows Professionalism and Respect

Clients in need of care are going through a hard time in their lives, which is why caregivers must
continuously show a level of decorum through patience and empathy. Sometimes, the client is
overly stressed and may not fully understand your methods to help, which may cause issues for
you. However, it is never our job to reciprocate their behavior.
Caregivers must show professionalism as the client’s home is your workplace. When a caregiver
is respectful of a patient’s preferences, belongings, and home, they feel respected in turn
leading to less distress and an increased feeling of relaxation and comfort.
Additionally, practicing constant respect serves to place the patient and the caregiver on the
same plane, encouraging increased communication and a deeper relationship.

5) It Makes The Job Much Easier

Sooner or later, new caregivers will learn that some clients are more difficult than others. In
fact, even the best clients have bad days and may act accordingly. Knowing how to connect
with a client who is frequently irritable and sad is even more difficult. It might even feel a bit
challenging to provide them with top-tier care when the client is taxing.

Empathy can help caregivers to better connect with their patients. It’s much easier to befriend
a client and understand what they need when you’re able to understand how they are feeling.
More often, difficult clients are going through a rough time — even if they won’t admit it — and
need extra understanding and support. Simply being understanding and patient can encourage
them to fully trust and open up to you. The power of empathy might even enable you to turn
your problem clients into your favorite clients.

Conclusion

Expressing empathy and patience is highly effective in taking care of clients. These qualities are
essential when aiding the sick and elderly. Not only will you help them overcome this obstacle,
but it will help you understand the needs of everyone involved and address them more
effectively.

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