What Do Caregivers Do?
I recently read this post, and felt it worthy of repeating. Services and support provided by caregivers is important for our elderly…
–Assisting with personal care: bathing, toileting, catheter care, colostomy care, clipping fingernails and toenails, shaving, hair care, brushing teeth or cleaning dentures, skin care such as applying lotion or ointment.
–Exercises: daily walks, weights, squats, balancing, stretching the arms, legs and fingers, etc.
–Basic food preparation: preparing meals, hand feeding, tube feeding, shopping.
–House maintaining: dishes, laundry, vacuuming, dusting, disinfecting, carpet shampooing and lawn care.
–General health care: overseeing medication and prescriptions usage, appointment reminders and administering medicine
–Mobility assistance: help with getting in and out of a wheelchair, bed, car or shower with the help of a walker, hoyer lift, slide board, trapeze, draw sheet, or gate belt.
–Personal supervision: providing constant companionship and general supervision
–Transportation: driving to and from activities, running errands, and help getting in and out of wheelchair accessible vehicle or such.
–Emotional support: being a stable companion and supporter in all matters personal, health-related and emotional.
–Care for the elderly: orienting or grounding someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, relaying information from a doctor to family members
–Back-up care (or respite) services: providing other caregivers a break
–Health monitoring: following a care plan and noticing any changes in the individual’s health, recording and reporting any differences in health.
–Sometimes pet care.