Being the primary caregiver for an elderly loved one has a number of responsibilities involved with it. Knowing what the role of caregiver is can be the most important first step in providing a high level of quality care. It doesn’t matter how close you are to the person who needs assistance, if you don’t understand the role of a caregiver, you may not provide the ideal level of care for them.
The first role of a caregiver is to assist the individual with their basic physical care. This means they may need help getting to the bathroom or bathing themselves, or perhaps they need assistance getting dressed. This is one of the most basic and primary roles of a caregiver for an elderly person.
Offering basic medical assistance is another important role of a caregiver. This can include assisting them in taking medication or addressing any physical injuries that they may have sustained. You may need to redress wounds, change bandages, or assist them with basic physical therapy needs.
Another very important role of caregiver is to help the elderly individual communicate their basic health needs with their primary physician or healthcare providers. This could include talking to their doctor about any ailments, symptoms, or problems they’re having physically or with the medication that they have been prescribed.
A caregiver may also be responsible for helping provide care that the elderly client provides to others, such as caring for an adult child with disabilities, for example. If the elderly client, such as a parent or grandparent, is responsible for the welfare of others, this may become the responsibility of the caregiver as well, depending on the situation and circumstances.
One of the most important roles of the caregiver is to respond to emergencies as they arise. It’s important to have at least a basic working knowledge of first aid and crisis management. If you experience an emergency while you are providing care for an elderly individual, and you panic or don’t know what to do, then this can create an even more dangerous situation for both you and the person you are supposed to be taking care of.
Have a plan in place for which you should call in the event of an emergency. Have emergency contact numbers and information available in an easy to access location, such as the kitchen or bedroom or both.
As long as you remain calm and understand the rules that you have as caregiver, you will be able to provide a good level of care to an elderly loved one. If you are uncertain that you will be able to provide the right level of care that your aging parent or grandparent needs, then you may want to consider an in-home care provider to offer assistance.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of home care services in Greece, NY contact the caregivers at Caring Hearts of Rochester, LLC. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (585) 245-0134 for more information.
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