Elderly caregivers provide non-medical services to the elderly in a facility or their homes. They are hired to provide elderly patients with help in living on a day-to-day basis and assisting them with performing daily tasks such as washing, bathing, walking, dressing and toileting.
Since many elderly patients are now prone to diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, elderly caregivers are especially trained in handling the repercussions that these might have on their lives. They are required to be understanding and patient as they often have to handle patients with short tempers and memory problems.
It is important for elderly caregivers to be knowledgeable about medical conditions even though they are not required to provide them with medical assistance except for First Aid and CPR. This knowledge can help them in patient observation so that they can report changes or deterioration to healthcare professionals. It is important for elderly caregivers to be physically dexterous as they often have to lift or provide physical support to patients.
• Administer physical, mental and emotional support to elderly patients.
• Assist elderly patients in toileting, bathing and grooming activities.
• Provide physical support to elderly patients by helping them sit up or stand and lie down.
• Refer to healthcare professionals’ orders for proper meal intake and make sure that appropriate meals are prepared.
• Assist kitchen staff in preparing appropriate meals and assist patients in ingesting food.
• Provide companionship by listening to elderly patients and exhibiting compassion.
• Read stories or newspapers to elderly patients on their requests.
• Encourage patients to participate in outdoor and indoor activities.
• Assist them in performing activities that they have chosen.
• Escort elderly patients to doctors’ appointments and activities and events.
• Check and record vitals such as blood pressure, pulse and temperature.
• Administer prescribed medicines to patients or give them reminders to take medicines.
• Administer First Aid and CPR in case of emergencies.
• Observe elderly patients for signs of behavioral or condition changes and report them to the concerned healthcare professionals immediately.
• Inform healthcare professionals when rehabilitation measures such as physical therapy or counseling is needed.
• Run errands such as grocery shopping for elderly.
• Make beds and change linens and perform other light housekeeping tasks.
• Assist elderly patients with incontinence issues while maintaining their integrity.
• Confer with healthcare professionals and families to provide feedback on patient progress .
• Maintain knowledge of current diseases that may affect the elderly and handle irate patients accordingly.
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