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Everything You Need to Know About Caregiving

Caregiving is one of the most important jobs in our society. Now is a great time to start your career as a caregiver in this growing and rewarding industry. This guide will get you started by giving you the basic information you’ll need to know.

What are Caregivers Responsible For?

Caregivers aren’t just responsible for cooking and cleaning; companionship is another essential, often-overlooked part of the job. A few things caregivers help with include:

  • Playing games
  • Shopping
  • Nutritional monitoring
  • Activities like scrapbooking and reading aloud
  • Monitoring medications

What Does a Caregiver’s Schedule Look Like?

Every client is different. Some clients need round-the-clock care, while others just need help a few times a week. Here are a few examples of typical caregiving scenarios:

  • Coming over a few times a week to cook and do light housekeeping
  • Staying over all day to help with everything from dressing, cooking, errands, and more.
  • Living in the residence to assist with daily needs, and ensure the client is safe and comfortable through the night.

What Kind of Credentialing and Training do I Need?

At Senior Helpers, we make sure that all of our caregivers pass a background check and are properly licensed and credentialed. We help our caregivers earn their credentials, and provide ongoing training on subjects like the following:

  • Food preparation
  • Fall prevention
  • Senior Gems®, our proprietary Alzheimer’s and dementia care approach
  • …and more!

These are just some of the basics you should know if you’re thinking of becoming a caregiver. If you’d like to learn more about caregiving with Senior Helpers, reach out to us today at 1-800-760-6389 or visit us online.