What Does A Caregiver Do?
Caregivers provide a broad range of personal and household services including assisting with bathing, grooming, exercise, reminders, meals, housekeeping, arranging meetings and doctor appointments, transportation, and even pet care.
When Sandy realized she couldn't climb the small step stool needed to reach her favorite tea cup in the overhead kitchen cabinet, she broke down and cried. The fall had already taken so much from her, and now it seemed she couldn't even enjoy a simple cup of tea.
Often, the result of a debilitating accident is limited mobility. Everyday tasks may become as frustratingly out of reach as a tea cup in an overhead cabinet when you can no longer climb a step stool.
Many issues of aging, such as arthritis or macular degeneration, may make it nearly impossible to perform tasks such as dressing, cooking, or reading while leaving the senior otherwise perfectly capable of living on their own.
Most of the time, Bennie seemed like a typical senior enjoying his retirement and was sure his memory issues weren't too serious. When a pot caught fire in the kitchen because he had forgotten the soup he was making for lunch, he accepted that it was time to get help.
Aging seniors may become forgetful or confused, lose interest in cooking, or not take their medication and simply need someone to help them stay on track and assist with basic household chores.
These are just a few of the many situation when a caregiver can make a real difference to provide a more comfortable and fulfilling life for anyone who is recuperating from an accident, limited by a disability, or experiencing the difficulties due to aging.
Period of Service
Caregiver schedules are customized to meet the unique needs of the individual. Daily schedules, as well as service durations, are determined by the needs of the patient.
Short term caregivers are ideal for respite care -- the relief of a full time caregiver or family member due to illness or other personal event -- as well as when circumstances require additional assistance and may be as brief as a single day.
Long term care may vary in structure from daily safety and welfare checks to permanent live-in caregivers. Safety and welfare checks are ideal for those who are generally fine on their own, but sometimes miss meals or fail to take medication.