The duties of a caregiver depend on various factors including the relationship of the caregiver with the person he or she is helping and the level of support the recipient needs. In the majority of cases, caregivers are family members or friends who offer non-medical assistance at home. In other cases, the caregiver could be a professionally hired individual, care giver, patient attendant or caregiver who knows how to take care of the needs of the patient.
Caregiving is not an easy job even if there is a lot of love between the caregiver and the recipient. The job gets harder as the disabled recipient gets older or of the severity of their condition worsens. A majority of caregivers are of the view that the role takes a toll on their jobs while the rest claim that it disturbs their family lives.
The caregiving job is a demanding one and may make the caregivers to experience irritability and anxiety. There are a number of duties and responsibilities that are included in caregiver services. Some of which are listed as under:
- Assisting with Personal Care: This involves helping the recipient with his or her clothing, grooming, bathing, toileting, and exercise.
- Basic Meal Planning and Food Preparation: This includes making a schedule of their diet, preparing meals, laundry, housekeeping, and other errands.
- General Health Care: This includes watching over the medications and prescriptions usage, creating reminders for doctor’s appointment and administering medicine.
- Assistance in Mobility: This includes making mobility easier for them, like helping the recipient getting in and out of a wheelchair, shower, or car.
- Personal Supervision: This ensures that the individual who needs care should not be left alone. Constant companionship and over-all supervision should be provided.
- Transportation: This involves disabled caregiving services like driving to and from events or activities, running errands, and helping the individual get in and out of wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
- Emotional Support: A caregiver should provide stable companionship and support their client in all matters whether personal, health-related, or emotional.
- Care for the Elderly: Caregivers of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia should know when they should ground or orient the individual depending on the information they get from the doctor or a family member.
- Backup Care Services: There should be other male or female caregivers available to provide caregiving services in case the present caregiver has to take a break.
- Organizing the Home: If home patient care is provided, the caregiver should also help in organizing the home in a way that is comfortable for the patient. Also packing or cleaning for a trip or general house care should be looked after by the caregiver.
- Monitoring Improvement in Health: A care giving plan should be formulated and followed. Any change, whether it is an improvement or not, should be noticed and recorded. All of it should be reported to the doctor.
- Taking Care of Mental Health: Loneliness and depression take over the life of a disabled individual. It is important that family visits and social events occur from time to time. The caregiver should make sure that he or she is providing a constant and reliable companionship. Caregivers should have a number of innovative ideas on how to keep the patient entertained and busy in life. They should know how to take up new hobbies and should encourage new friendships.
Taking care of a loved one is not easy, and you can always seek professional assistance. We at Holistic Healthcare (Pvt.) Limited provide professional assistance to those who need help take care of a loved one. Give us a call today to know more about our caregiving services at 0300 8466333. We provide services in Lahore, Faisalabad, and Islamabad. Apart from caregivers, we also have highly trained nursing staff available.