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  • Writer's pictureAdewunmi Green

How to Be the Best Caregiver You Can Be

Updated: Apr 8, 2021


If you’re thinking about becoming a caregiver for someone in your life, you probably have a lot of questions! ...What will my responsibilities be like? How can I do my best?

Assisting our seniors, disabled and ill, is a selfless task that requires a combination of honesty and commitment. Providing daily care for friends or relatives can seem daunting at first, but prove rewarding with time and effort. With a bit of motivation and commitment, anyone can help their loved one live an easier, more comfortable life. Don’t know how to give great care? It’s simple. Here is a list of common attributes that make a standout caregiver. Minding these five tips, anyone can provide world-class daily care for someone who needs it in their life.

1. Practice Patience

As a caregiver, you’re entrusted with a variety of responsibilities. Keeping up with your loved one’s medical obligations and hygiene can demand much of your energy. It’s only natural to feel defeated at times—it's completely normal. You don’t have to let feelings of frustration stop you from truly being present with your loved one. You have an unspeakable influence over their health and happiness, and have a duty to make their life manageable and comfortable. Your patience and kindness will go a long way, and truly make a difference in the life of the person you care for.

2. Be Attentive

Many who seek home care have trouble completing daily tasks themselves. The role of caregiver calls for a person who is mindful of their loved one’s behavior and concerns. When caregiving, it is important to exercise caution and awareness. Those being cared for may have medical anxiety, mobility issues or experience emotional distress. Your ability to create a safe space, answer questions, console and counsel will not only provide peace of mind for both you and the person you care for, but establish further trust.

3. Stay Organized

When caring for another, effectively managing medical appointments and medications is crucial to your dependent’s health. Planning ahead is key to staying organized—so keeping an agenda of doctor’s visits and setting timed reminders for medication will ensure your loved one stays on track with their treatments.

4. Be a Good Listener

As you spend more time with your friend/relative, they’ll become increasingly more comfortable in your presence. While this could strengthen your bond, they may begin to vent their frustrations outward...towards you. Tying in with patience, your willingness to entertain the thoughts and concerns of your loved one is valuable. Loneliness is common among those who are homebound, and a listening ear can help your dependent feel heard and understood.

5. Compassion is Key

Your understanding and patience is what makes you a good caregiver. The ability to empathize and relate to a dependent's struggles is what makes providing excellent care possible. To be compassionate is to care, the essence of what we believe in at QDM.


With these five tips, you can now feel confident in being the best caregiver you can possibly be.


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