Like any job, being a carer requires someone to hold certain qualities that make them a perfect fit for the role. In this blog post, we’ll be outlining these qualities by asking a simple question: What makes a good carer? 
 
1. Empathy 
 
Perhaps the most important quality that sets a good carer apart from a bad one is their capacity for empathising with those they are caring for. Being able to step into someone else’s shoes is vital if a carer is to provide the elderly with the help and support they need - emotional, material, or otherwise. 
 
2. Patience 
 
Working with the elderly can be surprisingly stressful. A lot of work goes into taking care of the elderly, and there will always be good days and bad ones, but a good carer has the patience required to deal with whatever issues arise and always keep the comfort of the person being cared for in mind. 
 
3. Optimism 
 
Optimism is a cure for many things. When an elderly individual is physically impaired, or their condition is worsening, a high-spirited carer can make a huge difference to their outlook on what they’re going through. Positivity is always key to recovery. 
 
4. Loyal & Reliable 
 
There’s a lot of responsibility involved in being a carer. Part and parcel with being a good carer is recognising that someone depends on you to be there and help them should they need your help. There are no late starts or unexplained absences involved in being a carer; a good carer must be loyal and reliable. 
 
5. Observant 
 
Being a carer involves spending a lot of time with the person you’re caring for, and by doing so, they pick up on a lot of things. Paying attention to things like possible injuries, medication side-effects, and noticing changes in appetite, mood, or any signs of discomfort can go a long way. All this goes towards knowing what they need before they even know it themselves. That’s a marker of a very good carer. 
 
At Essex Care Group, we aim to support the people we work with to live their lives, their way, to realise their potential, whatever their impairment or disability. We design our services to be as individual as you are, from short-term support following an illness to long-term or permanent support. 
 
We can also help you manage your medication routine or support you whilst you get used to being back at home after a stay in hospital. To find out more, visit our website on www.essexcaregroup.co.uk, email us at info@essexcaregroup.co.uk or give us a call on 01206 489 542. 
 
 
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