Legacy Healthcare Advantage Caregiver in Chapin, South Carolina
Personal care aides, also known as caregivers, personal attendants, homemakers, or companions, assist with the daily tasks of pediatric, mentally disabled, chronically ill, or physically challenged clients, as well as hospice patients and those in various stages of rehabilitation or recovery. Aides might work at clients' homes, residential care or hospice facilities, adult day care centers, or senior centers. They might visit several clients a day or be assigned to one specific client. Shifts can vary, but most personal care aides are expected to work various shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays.
Duties and Responsibilities Include but are not limited to (vary per client?s needs):-
Following the care plan as directed by supervising nurse.
Assisting with bathing and grooming - This can include but is not limited to: shampooing hair, finger and toenail care, brushing teething, and shower assistance.
Basic food preparation - From grocery shopping to actually preparing the food, it?s important to ensure the senior is displaying proper nutrition.
Medication reminders - Caregivers must assure that medications are taken at the correct time as directed by the doctor.
Light housekeeping ? It?s important for caregivers to keep a safe and clean environment. Duties related to housekeeping will typically involve making the bed and cleaning the bathroom and kitchen.
Transferring the client ? This refers to transferring the client from chairs, from the toilet, from bed, and to and from a vehicle.
Toileting ? It?s important to assist with using the toilet to encourage comfort and prevent any infections.
Transportation ? If a caregiver has a vehicle and a driver?s license, it?s likely they will help to take the elder around to doctor?s appointment and other activities.
Monitoring changes in client?s health ? When following the care plan, the supervising nurse will want to know if there are any changes in health that are concerning and that may need medical attention.
Companionship ? Possibly the most important of all caregiver duties, caregivers will be with the elder all day and it?s mutually beneficial if they enjoy each other?s company. It?s a very important part of a caregiver?s job!
Beyond these basic caregiver responsibilities, duties for caring for any client are highly dependent on their special needs. No two people are alike and no two caregiving jobs are alike either. Some seniors are suffering from memory loss while others are sharp as a whip yet struggle getting around and doing simple things like opening the grape jelly. When it comes to caring for clients regardless of age or ability, it?s important to keep in mind that caregiver duties vary and being able to adapt and respond are important.