Without a doubt, care givers are heroes for our aging seniors. Care givers are people who assist our senior through performing many tasks. Typically, seniors are visited by caregivers in their house but might also be part of a nursing care facility task. Generally, persons who care for others with illnesses and disabilities need to balance many responsibilities in order for them to be able to provide high quality care and at the same time manage their own stress and life.
Keeping a Journal
Care givers have the responsibility of keeping detailed accounts of every day’s activities involving our seniors. They are responsible for keeping notes and are required to report any signs of cognitive and physical difficulties to their agencies or to the family directly if they have been employed without an agent.
Care givers provide our seniors with emotional support through providing them with conversation and companionship. They might also engage in entertaining activities with them including watching television, films, playing card games or board games.
Care givers may accompany and transport aging seniors to their religious activities, beauty salons and doctor’s appointments.
Keeping the Home
It is care givers that perform various tasks of housekeeping which aging seniors may no longer have the capability of doing such as keeping a calendar of appointments, organizing mail, running errands, making beds, dusting and laundry. It is also the responsibility of care givers to cook for the elderly and serve them. Other elderly people need minimal assistance and others will need to be fed.
Personal and Nutritional Care
It is the care giver who ensures that our aging seniors receive the correct nutrition through preparing and planning their meals, checking food for dates of expiration, grocery shopping and assistance in the toilet and with bathing as needed. The care giver also helps people in homes for assisted living with their everyday hygienic practices. Skin care, oral and hair as well as shaving the elderly are part of the routine. Undressing and dressing is also part of the job.
Cognitive and Physical
Even if care givers are not professionals in the medical field, they have the responsibility for helping our aging seniors with cognitive and physical health. This might mean helping them retain their memory with memory books and special drills, exercise assistance and helping them walk.
Safety in the Home
Care givers also have the responsibility of implementing and creating safety plans for the home for the elderly. They need to custom-design the home’s layouts depending on what the disabilities are of the elderly person they are caring for. In the event of a disaster, flood or fire, caregivers need to know how the disabled person might be assisted and be able to escape if needed.