adult helping senior in hospitalCaregivers often do not recognize themselves as Caregivers.  As roles evolve, Caregivers do not always realize the myriad of responsibilities and challenges they face daily.  Do you recognize yourself and others in the “job” described below?

Job Description of a Caregiver—

  • Age: No minimum or maximum
  • Sex: Male or female
  • Race: Black, brown, red, yellow, or white
  • Caregiving experience: None required
  • Location: Anywhere in the world
  • Relationship to patient: Can be related or unrelated
  • Patient disorders: Chronic illness or disabilities
  • Patients: Parents, siblings, lovers, children, spouses, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and others
  • Compensation: Volunteer and paid professional
  • Length of workday: 24 hours, plus
  • Length of assignment:   Several days to a lifetime

Job Responsibilities  

Must be willing to:

  • Make life and death decisions in an instant.
  • Assist with or perform activities of daily living such as feeding, bathing and dressing.
  • Manage housework, meals, laundry and groceries.
  • Administer medication and other healthcare tasks.
  • Provide emotional support and companionship.
  • Assume legal responsibilities.
  • Consult with healthcare professionals.
  • Stand up for patient’s needs against all odds, including disagreeing with family members and professionals.
  • Ensure that others don’t take advantage of patient.
  • Secure environment so that patient is physically safe.
  • Be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Plan activities for people who may not have memory or mobility.
  • Chart and record key information about patient.
  • Watch patient deteriorate and/or die.
  • Be emotionally strong.  Caregiving provokes intense sadness

By visiting our site we hope you will find Comfort, Empowerment and Support for yourself and your Caregiver team.  The products and services have been specially designed to complement the awesome task of Caregiving.