What is a Caregiver
You’ve always heard the term ‘caregiver’, but aren’t exactly sure what a caregiver truly is. We have compiled a list of basic duties done by a caregiver shown below.
1. Assess Medical Needs
Caregivers are medically trained and therefore, able to assist with assessing any medical needs. If you or your loved one are experiencing any symptoms, it is suggested to meet with a doctor. They can create a medical care plan that you can provide to your in home caregiver.
2. Assist With Basic Needs
Caregivers also assist your parent or elderly loved one with their basic needs. A list of needs that our caregivers assist with can be found here.
In the midst of all these duties, it’s easy to forget one of the most important parts of caregiving — companionship. Focus on how rewarding it is to care for your parent and know how thankful they are to have you too. Our caregivers also become a companion to your parent or elderly loved one.
Maintaining a home takes more time as we age and become less active. We also provide assistance to a loved one by doing dishes, taking out the garbage or vacuuming.
5. Monitor Medication
Monitor your senior loved one’s medication according to their medical care plan, which should specify your duties and what times of day you should provide medical assistance to them. Our caregivers make sure your parent or elderly loved one never misses their medications.
6. Monitor Performance
Wook at your parent’s or elderly loved one’s care plans, monitor the performance of their care and speak with a medical professional if any adjustments need to be made.
7. Prepare a Care Plan
Preparing a care plan that addresses your senior loved one’s strengths and weaknesses is necessary to create when beginning your caregiving journey so that you can determine how many hours of care a day your loved one will require. We, at Caring Loving Sharing Caregivers, offer all types of care ranging from short term to long term.
8. Prepare Meals
Food preparation also becomes increasingly difficult as we age. We can help your parent by doing their grocery shopping, monitoring their nutrition or preparing their meals.
Your parent may have difficulty transferring — from bed in the morning to a chair in the afternoon, for instance. Our caregivers are prepared to help them move and make them comfortable.
Transporting your senior loved one to doctor’s appointments and other activities is a common caregiving duty.
These duties are essential caregiving tasks, but it’s also important to remember to adjust them as necessary for the parent or senior loved one that needs caring for. We, at Caring Loving Sharing Caregivers, are here to help make your loved one’s life easier. Contact us today for a consultation. We are more than happy to be at your assistance!