What Are The Basic Home Caregiver Responsibilities?

home caregiver responsibilitiesIf you are assisting with the care of a loved one who is homebound due to an injury, chronic illness or a disability, you are considered a home caregiver. A chronic disease is a health condition that is long term. Cancer, dementia and diabetes are some examples of chronic diseases. As a caregiver, there are certain basic home caregiver responsibilities that you must do for your loved one who are no longer able to complete these duties on their own.

By being a caregiver you must give a lot of yourself. You must give your patience, time and energy. If these responsibilities are not completed safely and accurately, both the patient’s and the caregiver’s mental and physical health may be at risk.

There are several basic home caregiver responsibilities that you and/or a professional caregiver have that go further than simply cooking a meal and cleaning the home.

Transfers

Does your loved one need assistance getting from the chair to the bed, from the bed to the toilet or from a vehicle to a wheelchair? If so, you will have to provide assistance. Although he or she may not be totally bedridden, some type of transfer may be required. Over time, multiple transfers a day can take a toll on your body and cause physical pain and discomfort. Wearing a transfer belt and properly completing transfers safely will make the task easier for both of you.

Repositioning

If your loved one is bedridden or spends a lot of time in a lying position, you will have to reposition him or her several times a day. Without proper repositioning, your loved one can develop bed sores on the pressure points on his or her body. Bed sores can become very painful and can also cause the surrounding skin to deteriorate completely.

Companionship/Emotional Support

It can be difficult for a senior to accept that he or she is no longer able to do the simple things they once enjoyed without someone assisting them. This can exhaust them emotionally and can cause depression. A caregiver can provide emotional support and companionship while also encouraging the patient to stay as independent and active as possible.

Family members who want to care for their loved ones in their homes should completely understand and be able to perform the basic home caregiver responsibilities for their elderly, disabled or injured family members. If not, they should contact a home healthcare agency to help them handle these responsibilities so the patient’s safety and overall well-being will remain top priority.

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