Devoting most of my time to the care of someone else is one of the most selfless things someone can do, but it's not only about the time involved. Being able to understand the person you're caring for, knowing their problems, challenges and desires will not only make it easier to care for them, but will undoubtedly improve the relationship you have with each other. Empathy is a big aspect of that, and being able to put yourself in someone else's shoes and be empathetic will only increase the quality of care you're providing.As instrumental as caregivers are, communication is key. It can be something as simple as going through the day's schedule, or complicated as discussing health concerns, but no matter what it is, it must be done well. Subpar communication will do nothing beneficial for the relationship, and in fact, could damage it. Furthermore, as it's likely there's more than one caregiver in the individual's life, and because of all the moving parts, communication is key to get information to all the relevant parties. Whether it's relaying health information or just remaining congenial, communication between caregivers is important, second only to communicating with the individual. I BECAME A CAREGIVER 25 YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE AND A COURSE REQUIRED COMMUNITY SERVICE AND I CHOSE OASIS, OLDER ADULT SOCIAL SERVICES. I FOUND GREAT JOY IN HELPING THE ELDERLY AND DID IT FOR LOVE AND A JOB EVERY SINCE.I AM SO PROUD TO SAY I WORK HARD AND HAVE GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND EXPECTATIONS FOR EVERY PERSON I HAVE CARED FOR AND I HAVE MANY OUTSTANDING REFERENCES ! I HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN BUILDING LOVING RELATIONSHIPS WITH EVERY FAMILY I HAVE WORKED WITH. I AM A 49 YEAR OLD CHRISTIAN WOMAN IN CHURCH LEADERSHIP OF WOMENS MINISTRIES AND YOUTH MINISTRIES AT CLOVIS HILLS COMMUNITY CHURCH, I AM IN GOOD HEALTH, NO SMOKING OR DRINKING VERY POSITIVE ,A CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVER , CARING ,THOUGHTFUL, KIND, FLEXIBLE ,GENTLE AND VERY EXPERIENCED WITH DEMENTIA ,ALZHEIMER'S, DIFFICULT ,COMBATIVE PERSONALITIES ,DIABETIC ,COPD ,WOUND CARE, CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE.MEDICATION MANAGEMENT, OXYGEN ,SHOPPING ,COOKING ,BATHING ,ERRANDS,AND EVERY ASPECT OF HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT. I AM EXTREMELY HARD WORKING AND THIS IS MY FIRST TIME IN NEED OF A JOB IN 20 YEARS AND LOOKING ONLINE ! I SHOW MUCH BETTER IN PERSON !