Caregiver’s take on many roles. They are responsible for their clients and the one’s they love in many ways. According to the BC Hospice and Palliative Care Association the many roles of a caregiver include the following:
- Listen without judging.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Be honest and sincere.
- Be available and accountable.
- Be knowledgeable of resources.
- Provide encouragement and support.
- Recognize limitations – yours and others.
- Communicate with team members.
- Follow the family agenda – not yours.
- Expect repetition and go with it.
- Be flexible and go with changing needs.
- Be informed – but not the teacher.
- See where you fit it – you may not always be the primary support person.
- Stick to reality – promise only what you can deliver.
- Do not equate talking and activity with support. Doing and speaking may not be helpful.
- Be aware that you can’t be everything to everybody.
- Sit on your urge to do something.
- Be okay with silence.
Taken from the personal and practical care module from the BCHPCA website.