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10 Senior Caregiver Duties You May Do

Written by Kerry Lange
May 26, 2022
10 Senior Caregiver Duties You May Do
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No one ever expects to end up being a caregiver for their aging parent or loved one, but it can be a challenging and rewarding job all at the same time. If you’re in this position, it’s important to know what duties you may be responsible for.

What is a caregiver?

A caregiver provides unpaid care to a family member, friend, or neighbor who cannot care for themselves due to illness, old age, or disability.

Caregiving can be extremely emotionally and physically demanding and can take a toll on caregivers’ health. In fact, according to a study on family caregiving by Statistics Canada, having too many tasks and responsibilities when caring for a family member or friend can be a significant source of stress, especially when caregivers feel they lack the resources to meet the needs of their care receiver.

Careers should take time for themselves to best care for their loved ones and get the support they need. Whether building a support team or taking a break through respite care, it is crucial to regain balance and joy in this challenging time.

What Is The Role Of A Caregiver?

The role of an older adult caregiver is often undervalued and unpaid. However, family caregivers play a critical role in the long-term health and well-being of their loved ones.

1. Caregivers assess medical needs.

Good caregivers always assess the medical needs of their patients and work to ensure that those needs are being met. They are often the first line of defense when noticing changes in a loved one’s health. Caregivers may also be responsible for administering medication or treatments, so it’s essential that they can identify any potential health problems and take the necessary steps to address them.

2. Caregivers prepare a care plan.

Typically, a care plan is prepared in consultation with the individual they are caring for and other involved parties, such as doctors, nurses, and family members.

The care plan covers all aspects of the individual’s care and includes goals, interventions, and monitoring tools. This helps ensure that all necessary tasks are completed and that the client receives the highest possible level of care. The care plan is a communication tool between the caregiver, the client’s family, or other involved parties.

3. Caregivers assist with basic needs.

There are varying levels of assistance with activities of daily living that caregivers provide, depending on the individual’s needs. Service may be limited to delivering environmental support, such as reminding individuals to take their medications or eat breakfast.

Caregivers may provide hands-on personal care for individuals with more significant needs, such as bathing, dressing, and grooming. In some cases, caregivers may also need to help with basic needs such as eating and using the bathroom.

4. Caregivers provide companionship.

This is often one of the most critical aspects of their job, as many seniors or people with illnesses may be isolated and lonely.

Companionship improves mental and emotional well-being and make life more enjoyable. They offer support and friendship to people who may not have anyone else to turn to. This can be a critical service for people who are isolated or otherwise unable to socialize regularly.

5. Caregivers help with housekeeping.

Many caregivers do help with housekeeping. This can significantly benefit the older adult they are caring for, as it can help keep their home clean and organized. Some people only need help with basic housekeeping tasks such as cleaning, laundry, and grocery shopping, while others require more intensive assistance such as medication reminders or help with mobility.

6. Caregivers monitor medications.

Caregivers often monitor medications, especially when caring for an elderly or disabled person. Sometimes, caregivers will be responsible for administering medications, while in other cases, they will remind the person taking the medication when and how to take it.

The caregiver must be aware of all medications taken by the person in their care and any potential interactions between them.

7. Caregivers assess a care plan regularly.

Assessing their care plan regularly will ensure that they provide the best possible care for their elderly patients. This includes evaluating the patient’s condition and needs and making necessary changes to the care plan to ensure that it meets those needs.

Caregivers need to communicate with the trusted care support circle about the care plan so everyone is aware of what is going on and stays on the same page. Caregivers can provide high-quality, individualized patient care by regularly assessing and tweaking their care plans.

8. Caregivers prepare meals.

In general, caregivers often play a role in preparing meals for senior patients. This can include cooking meals from scratch, helping to order food from a restaurant or grocery store, or preparing frozen meals.

Caregivers may also ensure that older adults receive enough nutrition and hydration. Nutrition is beyond diet. This is especially important for those unable to cook or shop for themselves. Sometimes, caregivers may also be responsible for feeding senior patients directly.

9. Caregivers assist with transfer and mobility.

As a caregiver, you may assist with transfers and mobility for your loved one. This can include helping to move them from their bed to a chair or aiding in their ambulation if they can walk independently.

In some cases, caregivers may also be able to provide some physical assistance with transfers. For example, they may be able to help an individual stand up from a seated position or move from one chair to another.

10. Caregivers provide transportation.

Caregivers often provide transportation for senior patients. This can be important for older adults who need help getting to doctor appointments or other necessary appointments. It can also be helpful for seniors who need assistance with grocery shopping or running errands.

Overcoming Caregiver's Isolation

It’s no secret that taking care of elderly family members can be a challenging task. Not only do you have to worry about their physical and emotional well-being, but you also have to manage your busy life simultaneously. There are a lot of consequences associated with caregiving responsibilities, like increased risk for stress and burnout.

However, there are ways that caregivers can overcome the challenges caregiving presents. One way to combat isolation is to build a support group. This includes family members, neighbors, or the community. But how do you do that?

If you’re a family caregiver, CircleOf is the app for you. It allows you to connect with your support team, who understands your unique challenges. You can organize and collaborate with them quickly and maintain regular communication so everyone is on the same page. Download CircleOf today to build your circle of care.

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