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What are some helpful personality traits found across caregivers?



I'd imagine patience, kindness, and care are very important, for example.
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replied May 7th, 2008
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of course patience and kindness are key----you have to be able to take anyting that is thrown at you(literally sometimes)

also you have to be selfless---one that is wrapped up in self cannot do this job
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replied May 8th, 2008
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I watch kids at my house and a strong stomach is an incredible thing to have!
I had one of the younger boys one day and he had a little accident in his pants which ended up smeared all over my bathroom walls.
I don't have that strong of a stomach yet so you can imagine how many times I had to go in,clean for 30 seconds then run outside in freezing cold weather for a bit of fresh air!
You need to be incredibly patient,one of the boys I watch is so hard to understand sometimes that I will ask him to repeat himself 5-6 times before I can actually understand what he's saying.Also with patience,every kid is different some are picky eaters while others will eat ANYTHING.
You have to have a lot of kindness,some kids are overly sensitive and others aren't.The mention of a special blanket or toy and the overly sensitive child could become upset and need that object while other kids don't have security objects.

I think the best quality in a caregiver would have to be adaptibility.You need to be able to work WITH the kids and even sometimes go out of your normal routine in order to accommodate everyone.
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replied May 12th, 2008
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oh yes strong stomach---if you work in a place like i do you clean up all sorts of messes---first aid stuff etc.
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replied May 12th, 2008
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Understanding and compassion for their needs is so important. Make them feel they are not a burden no matter how stressed we caregivers get.
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replied May 13th, 2008
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yeah agreed
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replied May 13th, 2008
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Definitely patience. A good sense of humour helps. I work in a hospital/PCH so I come in contact with residents. I only work in housekeeping, but we still deal with residents with alzheimers and dementias. Because I work with seniors, I think respect is important. I was raised to respect my elders and I think it is a courtesy and something that these seniors have earned. It saddens me that our bodies seem to be outliving our minds. I see these people every day get worse. But I realize it is important to make their final days comfortable and peaceful.
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replied September 6th, 2008
Traits common to caregivers:
Firm, but kind (like Mary Poppins)
Good advocates
Decent at organizing
Sense of fairness or justice
Good communicators
Relatively level-headed
Attentive to changes in others (physical, mental, emotional, etc)
Tend to be low-maintenance type people
See the worth and potential of every person
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