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Caregiver

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Summary

Assist people who are elderly, sick, or physically or mentally disabled.

What does a Caregiver do?

A caregiver provides one-on-one non-medical assistance to clients in their homes with daily activities and personal care services. Live-in caregivers stay overnight in patients’ homes multiple times a week on an alternating schedule. A sense of compassion, attention to detail, and an ability to adapt and respond to varying duties are necessary traits in this position.

As a caregiver, you help elderly, sick, injured, or disabled clients with activities of daily life in their homes. Also known as a personal care aide or a home health aide, you assist clients with cooking, feeding, and bathing, in addition to providing or making arrangements for transportation.

Caregivers report directly to a nurse, doctor, a client, or a client’s family members. Your duties can include basic food preparation, bathing and grooming assistance, medication reminders, light housekeeping, health monitoring, and transportation accommodations. Patience and a sense of compassion are important, as you provide companionship to clients with conditions such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Nurses or other caregivers provide training, and in some cases, it’s not necessary to have a high school diploma. Depending on where you live, some states require additional training or certification for caregivers who work for clients that receive Medicaid or Medicare.

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