Caregiver duties are numerous and often seem never ending. If you are new to the role of caregiving and wondering what might be expected of you or what your daily duties and tasks may be, we’ve compiled a list of the top 15 caregiver duties you’re likely to in charge of.
Prepare a plan of care
A care plan will help you keep to a schedule and better monitor the performance of care being given. Different medical conditions will require different care needs, so be sure to speak with healthcare providers as well as other caregivers to help you determine what exactly may need to be included in the plan. In some cases, the healthcare team of the person your caring for may have a specific care plan already developed.
Medication monitoring and reminder
Most often, people requiring care will be taking multiple prescription medications and it’s extremely important to monitor when and how these medications are taken. Learn everything you can about them.
You will likely be responsible for transporting the person being cared for to doctor appointments, the pharmacy, church, community events and other locations as necessary.
Meal planning, shopping and preparation
You will be responsible for monitoring the nutrition of the person being cared for. Many people will be on a strict diet as directed by healthcare providers. It is important that you follow their requirements.
Many people needing care will require help or assistance with getting in and out of bed, getting into chairs or in and out of the bathtub.
It is important to assist with toileting. It will not only help with the comfort of the person being cared for, but will also help prevent infections.
Assisting with bathing and grooming duties
Typical cleaning duties such as vacuuming, dusting, laundry, washing dishes, making beds and general cleaning.
Providing emotional support
Companionship is a very important part of your caregiving duties. Engaging in conversation goes a long way toward helping achieve a positive state of mind.
Planning daily activities
This includes any mental and physical exercises recommended by the healthcare team. Many caregivers engage in such daily activities as helping with hobbies and crafts, playing board games, planning walks and social activities with friends, looking through photo albums and more.
Help manage finances
As a caregiver, you will probably need to assist with paying bills, managing accounts and paying attention to any financial commitments of the person being cared for.
Monitor home safety
It is important to continually monitor the home for overall safety. Are there any loose rugs or items which could lead to a fall? Is there any risk of fire? It is especially important to pay attention to safety in the home if you are not a full-time caregiver and are not able to be in the home 24/7.
Serve as communication link between family members
Monitor health performance
This includes reporting any changes in condition to healthcare providers and obtaining medical care when needed.