The Caregiver Job Duties That Can Assist In-Home Care Clients

 

caregiver job dutiesA caregiver is a person who helps assist the elderly and the disabled by completing various tasks. Although caregivers typically provide care in a person’s home, they may also provide care in residential care facilities. There are several caregiver job duties that are beneficial to in-home clients, and these duties may extend the amount of a time a client can stay independent.

Personal Care and Nutrition Care

Caregivers help to ensure that their clients are receiving proper nutrition by either:

  • Helping to plan meals for the client
  • Preparing meals for the client
  • Grocery shopping for the client

Caregivers can also remove all expired food from the the refrigerator and/or pantry.

Clients who have difficulty with toileting or bathing can hire a caregiver to assist them with personal care needs.

Housekeeping

Seniors and those who have physical disabilities may be limited in the amount and the type of housekeeping tasks they can complete. Caregiver job duties may include dusting, laundry, mail pickup and delivery, running errands and making beds. The caregiver can also assist the client with appointment scheduling if necessary.

Physical Care and Mental Care

Although in-home caregivers are not skilled medical professionals, they are still responsible for assisting with their client’s cognitive health and physical health. This can include a wide range of exercises and drills such as assisting the client during a walk to using mental drills and exercises to help maintain their mental alertness.

Emotional Support

One of the most important duties that a caregiver can provide is emotional support to their clients. Stimulating clients with conversation and providing companionship is essential to the client’s overall health.

Reporting

Agencies require caregivers to report all activities that they perform while on duty. They may also report any information related to the client’s physical and mental health. Any noticeable changes should be immediately reported to the family if the caregiver is self-employed or to the agency the caregiver works for.

The agency can modify caregiver job duties for an individual client. The amount of care and assistance will vary, but selecting a competent, compassionate and reliable caregiver will allow a client to remain independent in their home for as long as possible.  Contact a local homecare provider today.