Essential Job Functions -Various additional duties may be required when assisting a bedridden Loved One.
- Assist with walking and light exercise
- Plan and prepare meals, followed by clean-up
- Monitor food expiration dates, make future meals
- Make beds and change linens, as needed
- Light housekeeping to include dusting and vacuuming
- Assist with bathing, dressing and grooming
- Laundry and ironing
- Take out garbage
- Run errands (pickup prescriptions, dry cleaning)
- Engage in physical and mental exercises
- Provide medication reminders
- Escort on appointments (hair salon, physical therapy, etc.)
- Escort to religious services or events
- Maintain calendar and organize mail
- Engage in activities (games, memory books)
Duties of a Caregiver (which we often learn on the fly…)
Learn the basic scope of a caregiver’s job including how to preserve your Loved Ones’ safety and integrity, help with mobility and independence, and how to work within the rules and regulations that govern your job.
Communicating with Others (you are probably a translator already for your Loved One)
This will help you understand how to communicate with impaired Loved Ones, Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s or memory loss, agitated Loved Ones and others.
Observation, Reporting and Recording (when we care we naturally watch)
As a caregiver your skills of observation, reporting and recording are vital to helping the rest of the care team provide the best care possible to your Loved One. Sharpen those skills.
Providing Personal Care (So many areas to help)
Learn to capably assist a Loved One with personal care tasks like bathing, dressing and grooming, as well as oral care, foot care and even how to give a Loved One a gentle massage.
Promoting and Maintaining Good Mobility (Important)
Helping Loved Ones with mobility includes learning skills to safely assist with transferring, walking, range of motion and more. The goal is to keep your Loved Ones moving, while keeping them – and you – safe.
Elimination and Toileting (Vital)
This will help the caregiver understand the entire digestive process and know what to watch for in Love Ones to ensure good bowel and bladder function, as well as good toileting and incontinence care.
Infection Control (healthy as possible)
Good infection control starts with proper hand washing, but continues through many steps the caregiver can take. Understanding this topic will help you keep your Loved One – and yourself and others – as healthy as possible.
Environmental Hazards and Safety (safety is important)
You will learn how to help create a safe, comforting environment, and how to keep it free from hazards. Creating and maintaining a safe environment is important for both you and your loved ones.
Basic First Aid (changes regularly)
You will learn basic first aid including, burns and poisons, heat attack and shock, chocking and falls, stoke and wounds, and other sudden emergencies.
- Burns and Poisons
- Heart Attack and Shock
- Choking and Falls
- Stroke and Wounds
- Other Sudden Emergencies
Understanding Abuse (avoiding any possible hurt)
Abuse is more than just physical. It can also be emotional, financial and sexual. Learn how to recognize and report all types of abuse and neglect, as well as how to protect yourself so that you never abuse a loved one in your care.