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Questions and answers concerning the benefits of having a caregiver for yourself or your loved one, and the general job duties that caregivers normally perform.

What does a caregiver do for the patient?

Caregivers are hired to perform tasks that a person can no longer perform on their own or need assistance in doing. These duties can include everything from house keeping, shopping, running errands or personal care such as assisting in bathing and grooming. Caregivers are often hired to be companions for elderly people. The duties of a companion caregiver are normally visiting with the person, reading to them, playing board games or helping them arrange their schedule.

What does a caregiver do for patients that are very ill?

Caregivers may be home health aides or nursing assistants that have been trained in specialty areas such as caring for a patient that has Alzheimer's disease or for one that is recovering from a stroke. Many have attended classes and have been certified by the State in which they work and reside. It is often in the best interest of the patient to have a rained and experienced caregiver assisting them, should any emergency problems arise.

What does a caregiver do that an ordinary person may have trouble doing?

If a caregiver works for an nursing agency in the field of Home Health, they may be required to perform tasks such as taking the patients blood pressure, pulse and respiration. They will also normally be required to keep records of their visits and record the general health of the patient. They are usually under the supervision of a Registered Nurse to whom they will need to make verbal and/or written reports on the patients progress. They will also be required to report any set-backs the patient may seem to be having.