Why Good Caregivers Have the Soul of a Nurse

Taking care of others is an art, and it requires individuals with a special set of character traits.  Nurses have these traits, and each and every caregiver at Comfort Keepers does too.  They are the traits that draw a person to the nursing and home healthcare fields.  They are also the characteristics everyone would want in those taking care of their own elderly loved ones.  


Traits of Caregiving

These traits are both those that you’re born with and those that come from experience, and they are in addition to handling the typical duties of in-home care.  Our caregivers have these traits in spades.

  • Confidence in judgement.  Caregivers need to be able to make sound decisions, and be confident they are making the right call every time.
  • Intuitiveness.  Caregivers should have an innate sense when it comes to their clients.  They can tell when something is “off” due to health, medications, client’s emotions, and more.  This sense is developed through experience and paying attention to each individual client and knowing each client’s needs, moods, and preferences.
  • Passionate about caregiving.  Caring for others is something that a great caregiver loves to do.  It should give them a sense of fulfillment and purpose, and the energy created when a caregiver loves his or her job is clearly evident.
  • Enjoying continuing education.  Continuing to improve is a requirement of most fields, and senior home care is no exception.  The best caregivers enjoy improving their skills and knowledge.
  • They act like family.  Whether it’s making a senior client’s home feel comfortable and clean or offering a shoulder to cry away a worry or concern, the best caregivers are like family and genuinely care about their clients.  They feel like they fit in with the current family dynamic, and what’s more, they want to fit in there.


A nursing background isn’t necessary to work in senior home care, but having the soul of a nurse is a requirement for being a great caregiver.  During this National Nurses Week on May 6-12, we say a special thank you to all nurses in the field, as well as all of our caregivers at Comfort Keepers, who draw on the nurse within to care for others.


This column is sponsored by Comfort Keepers of Polk County.



BIO: Tracy Kelley is the owner/operator of Comfort Keepers of Polk County. For over 14 years, she has been leading professional and extensively-trained caregivers to help seniors of Central Florida maintain their quality of life. Her motto— and that of Comfort Keepers of Polk County— is “we get to help the hands that built America.” For more information about Comfort Keepers, visit or call (863) 292-6199.