Caregivers make medical professionals more effective. I mean, a doctor can write a care plan, but it takes the daily skills and activities of a caregiver to yield the best results. Caregivers help people who cannot perform daily tasks and do it without injury such as falling. Caregivers can be trusted family or friends who live in or nearby a person needing help. And sometimes family caregivers live far away and arrange for local services to assistance. In addition, paid caregivers come from home care agencies and local social service organizations.
A caregiver provides care and support for someone who is unable to care for themselves due to an illness, disability, or advanced age. In fact, the role of a caregiver can vary depending on the needs of the person receiving care, but some common responsibilities include:
Assisting with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and grooming
Helping with mobility, such as getting in and out of bed or a wheelchair
Administering medications and monitoring the person’s health
Preparing meals and ensuring that the person is eating well.
Helping with housekeeping and laundry
Arranging and transporting the person to appointments and activities
Providing companionship and emotional support
Helping the person with communication and memory
Assisting with end-of-life care
Assisting with personal care such as incontinence and toileting
Caregivers can be family members, friends, or professional caregivers such as certified nursing assistants, home health aides, or personal care aides. It’s important to note that the role of a caregiver can be demanding, both physically and emotionally. Lastly, it’s important for the caregiver to take care of themselves and seek support when needed.