If you are a senior caregiver, you are doing a great job. You know this because you care about the person you are caring for, and you want to make sure that they are happy and healthy. This is a difficult job, but it can be made easier if you know what to expect. Think of this article as a senior caregiver checklist. It will tell you what you need to know and do to care for someone at home.

What Is A Caregiver?

The term “caregiver” is not one that many people have encountered before, but with the average age of the American population on the rise, it is a term that will become more familiar in the future. A caregiver is someone who provides assistance to another person who needs help with various tasks, whether physical or mental. 

Some caregivers are family members or friends of the person being cared for, while others work as professional caregivers in agencies or hospitals.

Responsibilities Of A Senior Caregiver

Assess The Medical Requirements Of Patients

The role of the caregiver for a senior loved one is a challenging one. It often requires many hours a day of physical labor, as sometimes the senior’s needs are basic and require constant attention, and sometimes they require total medical care. Caregivers must be able to assess the senior’s medical needs and be prepared to act in an emergency. They must also be prepared to deal with the senior’s possible reluctance to accept needs and impatient, possibly belligerent, behavior when the situation is beyond their control.

Make A Care Plan

Caregivers must prepare care plans to help senior citizens live happy and comfortable life. As a caregiver, you are responsible for making sure your loved ones are cared for and living a full life. Senior care is a lot of work, but it doesn’t need to be a burden. A care plan should be in place for every level of care they provide–from minor to long term. The plan must also include all the measures the caregiver will take in order to follow the plan.

Provide Basic Needs Of Seniors

Life as a caregiver can be rewarding, but it also has its share of challenges. The role of a caregiver means that you are there to assist your loved one with day-to-day basics such as bathing, dressing, eating, and toileting. The caregiving role can also mean you are the main person ensuring that your loved one takes medications as prescribed by their doctor. 

Offer Companionship

If you are a caregiver, one of your primary responsibilities is giving companionship to seniors. It is more than just answering their questions and helping with their daily tasks. You have to be there for them to talk with them. In this way, caregivers are a significant part of the lives of their seniors.

The best thing about becoming a caregiver for an older person is not only the chance to interact with someone older than you— but also the chance to learn from them. Your older friend may have lived through decades of history and have a lot of information about what’s come and what’s gone, so ask questions and learn their stories. 

Assist In Housekeeping

As a caregiver, you may find that housekeeping is a big responsibility of yours. Some seniors require help with daily chores, while others need assistance with more tasks on a daily basis. Either way, as a caregiver, you will become an in-home housekeeper as part of your daily responsibilities. Taking care of housekeeping can be an essential part of helping your loved one remain comfortable in his or her home and prevent further complications.

Monitor Medication

The benefits of providing medication to a senior loved one can be immense and life-changing; however, it is also essential for caregivers to understand what they are doing and why they are doing it. Since many seniors have multiple conditions, caregivers must have a comprehensive plan for medication, including how it will interact with other prescribed medicines.

Prepare Meals

When you find yourself in the position of having to care for a parent or loved one, you quickly realize that meals are an essential part of the day. Your senior loved one needs nourishment for both body and mind. However, it can be difficult for the caregiver to find time in their busy schedule to prepare meals, and then even more challenging to find a way to provide meals that appeal to the senior, as well as being healthy.

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