4. The Personality of the Client vs. the Personality of the Caregiver
If you have a caregiver that can work well with anyone, adapt to different personality traits and environments, then you may not have to worry about this category as much. And often times opposite personalities can end up being the most compatible, but it is still important to consider the personality of the client and caregiver as it could present problems. If you have a shy and reserved client, he or she may be bothered by an overly talkative or outgoing caregiver. On the other hand, you may have very outgoing clients who want caregivers that will talk to them all day and keep them company. Ideally, you want caregivers who can work well with anyone, but most likely that is not the case. Personality traits may be a factor you need to consider when matching clients and caregivers.
5. The Gender of the Client vs. the Gender of the Caregiver
Gender can sometimes play a factor in whether or not a client is happy. Consider whether a female client will be comfortable having a male caregiver take care of her. She may feel more comfortable with a female caregiver who can anticipate her needs. The same can be said for male clients and female caregivers. If gender is something that is important to you clients, this may be a category you need to focus on.
Once you have a matched a caregiver with a client, monitor the relationship for a while and then find out how well they are working together. Get feedback from them both. Is the client happy with the caregiver? Is the client having his or her needs met? It takes work and little intuition to match the right caregiver and clients, but it is well worth your time to focus on creating a long-lasting client and caregiver relationship.
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