A senior caregiver is responsible for providing care, support and companionship to the elderly. Primary functions include planning and preparing meals, personal care, light housekeeping, managing medications and running errands. Senior caregivers also assist the elderly with physical exercise, such as walking.
Personal care consists of bathing, dressing, hygiene and grooming. Senior caregivers also help administer medication, as some senior citizens forget to take their medication. They also drive those under their care to doctor appointments or events.
A caregiver provides eating assistance if the individual receiving care is not able to eat on his own. It is also the caregiver's responsibility to ensure that the individual receiving care eats a healthy diet, as a poor diet leads to various health issues including fatigue, skin problems and infections.
Caregivers provide companionship by spending time with those under their care and engaging in activities such as hobbies and games.
When it comes to living arrangements, the individual receiving care sometimes moves into the caregiver’s home, and other times the caregiver moves into the individual’s home.
A senior caregiver can be a trained professional, a family member or another person. The main factor is that the caregiver should respect the person receiving care. The caregiver should also monitor the person’s health in a responsible manner.