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What is a caregiver?
Exactly what is a caregiver? A caregiver is a trained professional who provides assistance and care for an impaired individual with his or her daily activities. With the growing need for caregivers for the retiring Baby Boomer generation, many caregiving professionals will focus on patients with issues related to aging. These issues include Alzheimer’s or other memory loss, eyesight and hearing impairments, chronic diseases, urinary incontinence, depression, etc. These changing and increasing patient needs will demand a specific kind of person to fulfill them. The ideal caregiver candidate will maintain the following attributes:
- high attention to detail
- strong communication skills
- stable, sensitive & consistent relationship skills
- physical capability to endure long and taxing hours of lifting or turning
- strict sense of time-management.
What do caregivers do?
What is a caregiver job requirement or responsibility? Caregivers, also known as personal care aides or personal attendants, provide clients with numerous services including, but not limited to, the following:
- companionship in the form of conversation, games, or physical activity
- washing linens and dishes
- planning & preparing meals
- helping patients with hygiene, like bathing, brushing teeth, using the bathroom, or even styling hair
- help clients manage money, including bill payments
- set appointments with doctors
- shop for personal or grocery items.
The services a caregiver chooses to provide are at the discretion of the patient and the professional. Caregivers, unlike home health aides, do not provide medical services.
Where do caregivers work?
What is a caregiver work environment? Caregivers have the opportunity to work in a patient’s home, or in larger healthcare communities, like senior living assistance homes. Personal care aides may be hired directly by a client, a client’s family, or through an agency that helps match healthcare professionals with their ideal environment.
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