The former first lady of the United States, Rosalynn Carter, once said: “There are only four kinds of people in this world: those who have been a caregiver, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.”
Let’s go over some important aspects of the crucial role of caregiving and answer common questions so that you can gain an understanding of the different caregiver options available for the elderly.
Caregiving refers to the practice of providing physical, emotional, medical, and logistical support to someone incapable of caring for themselves. Whether it be due to age, injury, disability, or illness, when an individual can no longer fully take care of themselves, it often becomes necessary to hire a caregiver to assist them—as well as have family members step up to support their care. Many families also choose to hire a companion caregiver, a non-medical assistant who provides other forms of support through in-home companion care.
Any individual who provides consistent support to someone who is unable to care for themselves can be considered a caregiver. Some caregivers are professionals who have been trained to provide care services, often working in healthcare settings like hospitals or psych wards. Others are family members and friends who’ve stepped up to take on caregiving responsibilities for a loved one. Either way, caregivers play a crucial role in supporting the well-being of those in need of livelihood assistance.
There are multiple kinds of caregivers available to support those in need. Here are 4 types of caregivers commonly seen:
Caregivers do not come one-size-fits-all. There is no one perfect picture of what one looks like or what their background is. As we’ve just covered, many kinds of people step up to provide support and assistance to those in need. A few examples of caregivers include:
Independent caregivers (or private duty caregivers) will have tasks that typically vary from day to day based on the needs of the individual receiving care.
Still, there are some common roles of a caregiver to a patient, such as medication reminders and management, grooming and dressing, and transportation to and from appointments. Another example of a common caregiver task is helping an elderly individual with limited mobility take a bath and attend to their personal hygiene.
In-home companion care works for many families, but for some individuals, a more intensive care solution, such as assisted living facilities, which provide a range of care services to support their residents, will make more sense. Here are the five levels of care in assisted living:
Caregivers are typically trained professionals and come ready to help people with their specialized knowledge in first aid, CPR, or even dementia care. However, whether trained or not, the position requires patience, empathy, and more to be successful. Here are 4 recommended strengths of a caregiver:
Two types of professional caregivers include primary and secondary caregivers. These roles refer to different levels of responsibility within a caregiving arrangement. The difference is this: primary caregivers have the highest level of responsibility for an individual’s care, whereas secondary caregivers (often family members or friends) aim to provide additional support where they can. So, while primary caregivers are in charge of important decision-making and the most intensive caregiving tasks, secondary caregivers will be more focused on supporting an individual’s well-being and providing supplemental care. Find out more about the Average Cost of In Home Care.
On the other hand, a family caregiver is a family member such as a spouse or child who assists in caring for the individual.
Senior Home Companions has been coordinating in-home companionship and caregiving for over 30 years. From helping with daily tasks to providing support during travel, hobbies, and more, companionship at home can provide exceptional personalized care for your loved ones. To learn more about how SHC can help, contact us today.