Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 2:16 pm | by San Diego Home Caregivers
In-home caregiving can be a very rewarding & satisfying job. There are many hats that a caregiver wears other than the ones mentioned in this article but these are just a few that we will be covering. As a caregiver, you provide a variety of non-medical services that allow seniors to remain living independently in their homes.
These services generally fall under three categories:
- Home Helper
- Personal Care
Companionship services are those that stimulate, encourage and assist an individual.
The primary responsibilities of Companionship services include the following:
- Provide companionship and conversation
- Provide stabilization and assistance with walking
- Prepare meals together
- Provide medication reminders and appointment reminders
- Help keep client active & busy with stimulating activities
Home Helper Services includes a variety of household services for the individual or client. It includes providing cleaning & household maintenance duties.
- Light housekeeping assisting client to keep home neat & tidy. (Vacuuming, dusting, making beds, linens, bathroom & kitchen cleaning.)
- Meal Preparation and cleaning up the dishes.
- Laundry and linens as well as helping client with organizing their drawers and closets.
- Run errands, food shopping, or accompanying client to appts. - doctor, pharmacy, etc.
- Organizing ingoing and outgoing mail, bill reminders.
- Assist client with miscellaneous duties where clients are limited, i.e. setting up a computer, programming a remote, setting up and testing Lifeline pendants, coordinating with a handyman, etc.
Personal Care Duties tend to be a little more personal and “hands on” in nature and may include:
- Assist with bathing, grooming & hygiene care. Dental care brushing teeth or dentures etc. Washing, drying and combing hair.
- Assist with toileting & incontinence issues. Help with clean up & changing of sheets or briefs.
- Help with any exercise or activity regime they might have set up.
Caregiving can have its challenges. A lack of a good routine or the constant change in a client’s health can cause stress. Stress can be constant as caregivers must flex and adjust to sudden changes to accommodate their clients needs. For example, a client with a history of head trauma or vertigo may have unexpected falls or accidents that require emergency room visits.
This and other situations can lead to stress, burnout and depression in caregivers. Well planned caregiving can be healthy & fulfilling. In order to be a capable & understanding caregiver you must equip yourself with the knowledge & support needed to do an exceptional job. There are many resources out there to help. The Caregiver Coalition is a great place to start. You may visit them at http://www.caregivercoalitionsd.org/