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What Makes a Good Caregiver?


By Sailynn Doyle

What Makes a Good Caregiver?

Have you ever thought about helping seniors?  Reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predict an increase in the personal and home care aides job category – forecasting it to be the second fastest-growing job group in the nation over the next decade.  But the rapid growth in this job group may not be fast enough.  Home Instead Senior Care’s recent research indicates that demand for these jobs will outpace supply in a big way.  To keep pace with this projected demand, Home Instead will have to double its care force in just three years, according to our research.

So, do you have what it takes to be a Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver?

A profession caring for seniors brings many benefits.  But it’s also not for everyone.  That’s why it’s important to ask yourself important questions before pursuing this job path.  If you love working with seniors, if you’re an understanding person and if you have served previously as a family caregiver to a loved one, you probably have some of the attributes needed to be a good professional caregiver. 

What is expected of a Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver?

The most important qualities that we look for in a potential CAREGiver are compassion for seniors, dependability, and patience.  CAREGivers will provide services such as companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping, errands, incidental transportation, pet care, bathing, grooming, toileting and many more.  Potential CAREGivers go through a thorough screening process and on average about 5% of all applicants are offered employment with the company.

We are dedicated to providing superior CAREGivers for the seniors in Southeastern Massachusetts - someone we would feel comfortable working with our own family. If you are interested in learning more about being a professional CAREGiver, you can reach a Recruitment Coordinator Monday-Friday 9am-4pm at 508-984-7908. 


Sailynn Doyle

At Home Instead Senior Care, we customize our services to fit your needs.   We provide non-medical care to seniors and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.  Services such as companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping, errands, incidental transportation and personal care are just some of the most popular.  All of our CAREGivers are thoroughly screened - criminal background check, driving record check, social security trace, sex offender list, and six references.  We are available for free consultations 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Call 508.984.7900 or visit for more information.

Sailynn Doyle is the owner of Home Instead Senior Care in North Dartmouth, located at 634 State Road, Unit A1. They are available for free consultations 24 hours a day and 7 days a week by calling 508.984.7900 or visit for more information.  CAREGivers provide basic support services – personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, and incidental transportation – which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. Each office is an independently owned and operated franchise of Home Instead, Inc., the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors. 


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