Everyone needs help from time to time. Especially elderly people. Some of them require long term care. As your loved ones grow older, they may begin to experience physical challenges that cause them to depend on others. Caregivers can help to relieve those burdens and support individuals in need. They are the perfect answer for those who need assistance. 

What is a Caregiver?

A Caregiver provides short or long term assistance to patients who require assistance. Some caregivers are informal. They could be a family member, a friend, or an acquaintance. Others are professionals who provide continuous assistance to patients. 

What are the different types of Caregivers?

There are four types of caregivers they are as follows:

  • Private-duty caregiver: These caregivers can be hired through an agency. 
  • Independent caregivers: These caregivers do not work through an agency, they work independently.
  • Respite caregiver:  Respite Caregivers provide temporary relief to full time caregivers from the continuous support and care of a patient or elderly adults.
  • Family caregiver: Family caregivers are members of the family or friends who provide care for patients.

Caregiver  Duties

Caregivers do not perform clinical or medical care. They provide a helping hand to assist patients with daily living activities. Whether it’s grocery shopping, bathing, cooking meals, or doing laundry, caregivers provide assistance to fill in the gap for patients and the elderly who are not able to continue living independently. Most importantly, Caregivers provide companionship, emotional support, and physical support. Some of the duties caregivers perform are:

  • Providing assistance in meal preparation
  • Providing assistance in maintaining personal hygiene and routine activities such as bathing, feeding, or taking medicine
  • Assisting with shopping (grocery, clothes, and other essential items)
  • Driving the patient to appointments
  • Providing companionship and emotional support
  • Ensuring patients take the medications
  • Provide helping hand to prevent fall and mobility assistance

Caregiver Qualifications

Caregivers do not require any specific certifications or levels of education. The requirements vary from state to state. Some require only 40 hours of training, while other states require more hours of education and training. Different agencies have different sets of standards. Some agencies require caregivers to undergo a thorough background check and a rigorous interview process to be hired. 

What is the basic pay for a Caregiver?

According to payscale.com, the average hourly wage of a caregiver is $11.73 / hour.