The Duties of a Caregiver

duties of a caregiver LawrencevilleThe duties of a caregiver for a senior varies depending on the individual needs of the client. There are many different types of caregivers available to provide elderly care. Caregivers are in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. But, did you know you can also hire a caregiver to work at home with your loved one.

If you prefer in-home care, you may benefit from a part time or full time caregiver. This is why you should fully understand the different duties a caregiver can perform.

Be Clear With Your Needs

Before you begin searching for a caregiver, take some time to write out you or your loved one’s needs. This is especially beneficial if the person who will be receiving care has a medical condition that can become progressively worse over time such as dementia. When you assess the needs of your loved one, you will be better prepared to create a list of duties of a caregiver that are personalized for your loved one.

Various Duties a Caregiver May Complete

If you decide to hire a caregiver to come into the home, be sure that the agency accurately assesses your loved one so the best possible professional will care for the senior. Also, get the senior’s feedback on issues such as gender of the caregiver. The senior may have a preference of wanting a male or female caregiver.

Safety is another major concern that should be discussed as well as the caregiver’s level of competence and compassion prior to the caregiver entering the home.

One of the most common duties caregivers complete is grooming assistance. Duties that fall under grooming assistance include:

  • Bathing
  • Shaving
  • Brushing teeth
  • Nail care

Some elderly clients may need assistance with dressing. These duties vary and may only be required once a day. In order for the client to maintain a level of independence, the caregiver should allow the client to complete as much of the task as they can on their own. Many times the caregiver may only need to be present for safety reasons.

Meal preparation is another duty that caregivers perform regularly for their clients. Caregivers prepare and cook healthy meals for the client based on the client’s nutritional needs and physician’s orders.

These are just a few of the many duties of a caregiver. Discuss your loved one’s needs with a reputable home health agency so your loved one can get professional, personalized and compassionate care and assistance.

Does your loved one need assistance with personal or household tasks? Prosper Home Care is one of the most trusted home care services in Lawrenceville, GA. Contact a helpful and friendly representative to schedule an assessment.