Although a caregiver’s work varies with different sets of duties each day, there are some basic tasks that remain the same when caring for a parent or senior loved one.
Take a look at these top duties of a caregiver to learn more about caregiver responsibilities and the rewards that come from caring for a loved one:
1. Prepare a Care Plan
Preparing a care plan that addresses your patient’s strengths and weaknesses is necessary to create when beginning your caregiving journey, so that you can determine how many hours of care a day your loved one will require.
2. Assess Medical Needs
Does your patient have prescription medication or need help with pain management? Meet with a doctor who can assess your loved one and create a medical care plan so that you can provide medical assistance at home.
3. Monitor Medication
Monitor your patent's medication according to their medical care plan, which should specify your duties and what times of day you should provide medical assistance to them.
4. Assist with Basic Needs
Assist your loved one with their basic needs, which could include: bathing, grooming and toileting.
5. Prepare Meals
Food preparation becomes increasingly difficult as we age. You can help your parent by doing their grocery shopping or preparing their meals, and by monitoring their nutrition.
Maintaining a home takes more time as we age and become less active. You can provide assistance to a loved one by doing dishes, vacuuming or taking out the garbage.
Your patient may have difficulty transferring – from bed in the morning to chair in the afternoon, for instance. Be prepared to help them move and make them comfortable.
Transporting your loved one to doctor’s appointments and other activities will become a common caregiving duty.
In the midst of all these duties, it’s easy to forget one of the most important parts of caregiving – companionship. Focus on how rewarding it is to care for your parent and know how thankful they are to have you too. When you are challenged, these inspirational caregiver tips can help you put things back into perspective.
10. Monitor Performance
Finally, look at your loved one’s care plans,monitor the performance of their care and speak with a medical professional if any adjustments need to be made.
These duties are essential caregiving tasks, but it’s also important to remember to adjust them as necessary for the patient or senior that you’re caring for.
What has your caregiving journey been like with your patient? Do you have any caregiving duties that you would like to add to this list? Share your suggestions with us in the comments below.