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Why Be a Caregiver?

A young caregiver has her hand on the back of an elderly woman

Written by:

Jeffrey Grossman


February 13, 2020

Why be a caregiver? Well, do you love taking care of people? Learn if you would be a good caregiver for the elderly.


Have you ever thought, “Of all jobs, why be a caregiver?” Unfortunately, there are countless elderly adults facing a variety of abuse types as a result of bad caregivers. That’s why.

Caregiving is an admirable profession. There are many requirements to be a caregiver, such as education and training. But, having the technical skills of a caregiver is not enough.

Do you have the right qualities of a caregiver

Do you have a soft spot for those in need, particularly the elderly?

Read this blog as a guide on what it takes to be a good caregiver.


What Is a Caregiver?

A caregiver is anyone responsible for providing care to an older adult. Caregivers can be a family member, close friend, or a professional.

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Family members are usually not able to care in the ways a professional caregiver is. In addition, the weight of caring for a loved one can become overwhelming; especially as their health declines. 

Professional caregivers are qualified, trained, and certified, allowing them to provide specialized home care. 


What Are The Duties of a Home Caregiver?

Caring for elderly adults can be challenging, especially when you face resistance. It’s important to remember that whether those patients are dealing with the loss of a spouse or the loss of their independence, many elders are dealing with a myriad of emotions.

The duties of a caregiver are not easily summarized. By no means is this list all-inclusive, but here are a few services caregivers provide on a daily basis:


Personal At Home Care Services


Caregiver Requirements

Caregiver requirements are not standard across the board. There are a variety of home care agencies and organizations that offer caregiving.

At Commonwise Home Care, our Care Team must have caregiving experience and a compassionate heart that exhibits unconditional kindness.

Our caregivers have the following qualities:

  • Compassionate
  • Patient by nature
  • Excellent communicator
  • Relentlessly punctual
  • Creative problem solver
  • Respectful
  • Empathetic
  • Teachable

In conjunction with these positive qualities, we make sure that our employees possess a variety of caregiving skills. 

We take great care to ensure that each caregiver who joins our team truly desires to care for the wellbeing of older adults.


Why Be a Caregiver?

There are many great reasons to be a caregiver. While unconditional kindness and consistent care require hard work, there is great joy when opting to help someone in need.

Caregivers provide a fantastic service to families who have been caring for someone they love but need a break to keep up with all the other demands of life.

Caregiving is an excellent way to develop new skills, learn to listen, and make a difference in someone’s life. The vocation of caregiving requires heart. It’s not a job, caregiving is a calling.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of unqualified, neglectful caregivers. The sad truth is without proper training or a compassionate heart, a loved one may be experiencing elderly abuse from a caregiver. Sometimes, this neglectful behavior can continue for months or even years without family members knowing.

We stand by every one of our caregivers, and we can do so because of our extensive hiring process. 


What Sets Commonwise Caregivers Apart From the Rest?

Our home care agency provides compassionate care to patients. Not only that, but the way we treat our caregivers is unlike other care providers. 

If you are thinking, “Why be a caregiver at Commonwise Home Care?” Consider the following differentiators.


Extensive caregiver training

First and foremost, we understand the demands of the job. As a result, we make sure that our caregivers have the support they need to provide excellent care. Each of our caregivers completes our proprietary training program to prepare them for providing excellent at-home care.


Personal care plans

Before one of our caregivers even begins to care for a client, we establish an in-depth, personal care for that individual. Plus, we have a registered nurse and administrator on call 24/7 to provide support. Every situation is different, and every old adult has unique needs. We are dedicated to meeting those needs in a personalized way.


Caregiving as a calling

To us, caregiving isn’t just a job, but rather, a calling. It’s both challenging and fulfilling. We look for people with exceptional emotional intelligence and refined personal skills. A good caregiver isn’t just someone with a certification or experience as a caregiver. Great caregivers are personally committed to their calling and enjoy caring for elderly adults.


Better pay, better care

We take the time to recruit the best in the profession, and we are proud to pay them accordingly. The fact of the matter is some people are caregivers for the sake of having a job. Most times, caregivers are vastly underpaid for the amazing work they do. At Commonwise, we pay more to attract the highest quality caregivers around.


Every caregiver has a voice

When our caregivers make creative suggestions, we say “yes” as much as we can. We want to support them in improving the lives of older adults. We nurture team spirit and encourage bonds between our caregivers. That way, they can learn from one another. Sharing knowledge and experience helps to build strong Care Team members.


Premium Home Care

Commonwise Home Care is committed to compassionately caring for elderly adults, their families, and our caregivers. We strive to ensure that we match each client with a great caregiver. 

Our goal is for our elderly clients to receive premium home care by our exceptional staff. Families should feel at ease knowing that loved ones are receiving the care and compassion they deserve.

Do you have a loved one in need of care? You can start their care today right here. Would you like to apply to be one of our caregivers? You can begin the process here!