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What Do In-Home Caregivers Do? | Generations Home Care
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In-home caregivers provide support for those in need. That may sound simple, but it is quite a big responsibility. If your loved one is experiencing difficulty taking care of themselves because of injury, chronic health problems, or memory issues, a caretaker is invaluable. The help of a caregiver provides added independence to those who desire to age in place. It also provides added security for individuals needing assistance with the basic activities of daily living. 

A caretaker’s responsibilities range from the vital work of companionship and light cooking and cleaning to more complicated tasks like mobility assistance and help with bathing and hygiene. Though the duties vary, the essential function of a caretaker is to give the individual being cared for the attention and respect they deserve to live the best life possible.

Common Responsibilities of In-Home Caregivers

Ambulation & Transfers

Individuals recovering from injury or extended hospitalization will need assistance safely walking, standing, and being transferred from one location to another. Fortunately, professional in-home caregivers are trained in proper ambulation techniques to assist your loved one in regaining their strength and reducing the negative health impacts of sedentary behavior.

Dressing and Grooming

Caregivers are often introduced to aging loved ones when basic actions like getting dressed in the morning become a challenge. This intimate activity is a necessary part of everyday life, and help must come from someone with care and respect. However, accepting help performing activities they have previously been able to do is an emotional turning point. Caretakers can help these individuals through the transition and hopefully make them feel good by helping them look good.

Personal Hygiene

This is often the most challenging kind of help for older adults to accept. Older people are often unable to properly care for their hygiene. As a result, they can develop depression and resist social interactions because they don’t feel good about themselves. An in-home caregiver is responsible for helping with bathing, using the toilet, and caring for incontinence issues. This support is critical for an older person’s health and mental well-being. 

Companionship and Support

People who need caregivers have varying levels of mobility and health concerns. Whether they can still get out and join friends at the community center for games or exercise classes or they are homebound, the companionship of a caregiver is a gift for many aging people. 

Shopping, Errands, and Transportation

It becomes increasingly difficult for aging people to safely leave the house for simple routines like walking to the store or even taking the bus to the library. In-home caregivers can assist them by running errands and providing transportation. This service offers access outside the home and helps maintain a vital sense of independence for your loved one.

Respite and Intermittent Care, Facility Sitting

Respite care provides temporary relief for caregivers who cannot take time for themselves while caring for their loved ones. Services vary and can be provided in the home, hospital, or independent living facility. Provide companionship for your loved one and peace of mind even when you are not there yourself.

Meal Preparation and Menu Planning

Nutrition becomes increasingly important with age. Older people tend to lose their appetites. Consequently, it is crucial to make sure that they get enough calories in their daily diet. Caretakers make sure the food provided for those in their care does not negatively impact medications or affect pre-existing health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes

Incontinence Care

Even for the most independent senior, the challenges of incontinence may require help from a caretaker. Staying clean and dry helps eliminate potential medical conditions like incontinence dermatitis and bacterial and fungal infections. As a result, the support of caregivers is critical in preventing these avoidable problems for those unable to care for themselves properly. 

Bathing & Showering

Bathing and showering are often a challenge for older adults, and aging people may resist regular bathing because of fear, pain, or discomfort. With the support of a respectful in-home caregiver, these individuals can develop a positive relationship with bathing with reduced risk and anxiety.

Light Housekeeping and Laundryare

Assisting with daily tasks around the home is an important role caregivers provide. Keeping clothes laundered and put away, doing the dishes, vacuuming, and making sure the house stays clutter-free and safe to move around without tripping hazards are a few examples of housekeeping duties caregivers can offer.

Medication Reminders & Documentation

As people age, the amount of medications they take increases. A caretaker will safely monitor and document medications, reducing the risk for potential drug interactions or mix-ups.

About Generations Home Care

Generations Home Care personalized in-home care and support services help those recovering from illness, injury, or surgery, living with a chronic disease, or dealing with the natural process of aging. We help people live a fuller, healthier, and more independent life.

Our caregivers are trained in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended COVID-19 safety precautions. We offer levels of care ranging from companionship to respite for the primary family caregiver, to homemaking services, to assistance with activities of daily living, to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Generations Home Care takes a holistic approach and emphasizes a consistent, client-centered plan of care.

Our Specialty Services Include:

  • Rehab or hospital-to-home programs for safe discharge.
  • Short-term post-operative care during recovery periods.
  • Non-medical life management services for people with chronic conditions.
  • Veteran’s connection to care program.
  • Live-in services and couples care.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or by filling out the contact form on our website.


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