Top 7 Duties of a Caregiver
Have you ever wondered what it is that a caregiver does? Caregiver duties have a very wide range and vary greatly depending on the need. Whether you are the caregiver or you have some “outside” help, Here are the top 7 duties a caregiver possesses:
Assess Needs and Plan
A caregiver will assess the needs of your loved one to determine the amount of care and specifically what care is needed. A plan can be created from this assessment.
Progress and Performance
It is important to keep track and monitor the performance and progress that your loved one is making (or not making). This way you can address concerns with a doctor if the need arises.
Caregivers will take care of basic needs such as grooming, toileting and bathing.
It is very important to keep up with your parent or loved one’s medication and dosage. If they need refill or you have any questions about their dosage, you can aid them by calling their doctor or pharmacy.
It’s hard when you have a loved one who needs care and you can’t be there all the time. It’s comforting to know that someone is there with them to just talk about their day and experiences.
Housekeeping and Meal Prep
Keeping up with the house becomes harder to do as we age, so getting some help around the house with something as “small” as the dishes or taking out trash can be very helpful for your loved one. Meal prep can be difficult for an elderly loved one to do, so having someone there to prepare meals or grocery shop for them will be a great help. This is also a good way to gage and monitor nutrition.
There are times when your elderly loved one may need to go to a doctor appointment or may just need to take a walk. A caregiver will be there to transport them where they need to go. Also, if your loved one struggles with mobility, a care person can help them move around the house.
Note: This information is general in nature. It should not be construed as professional medical, financial, legal, or tax advice. You should work with your healthcare provider, financial, attorney, or tax professional to determine what will work best for you and your loved one’s situation.