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New Caregiver's Duties

No matter if you hired a caregiver through agency or independently, you’ll want to make sure you’re on the same page when it comes to performing basic tasks and you need to agree on the ways things should be done.

Before beginning, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the various types of homecare, which you can do by visiting websites like this.

First off, you’ll want to make sure that the new caregiver is familiar with all the medications the client is taking and the times and appropriate dosages of said medications. If it’s necessary, label the each bottle or dosage to make things easier for the caregiver at the start, because the last thing you need is medication mix-up.

Second important thing are food and drinks. Most importantly the caregiver should know about any allergies such as allergy to walnuts, for example, but it also wouldn’t be a bad idea to give a caregiver a few hints about his or her client’s likes and dislikes when it comes to food or drink since that will help them build a better relationship from the get go.

You and the caregiver need to agree on Housework Activities, cooking and preparing meals and general cleaning habits. Perhaps there is no need for a caregiver to clean the complete house, perhaps there is. Maybe you or your loved one are able to tidy up your own bed, but maybe you will need an assistance in doing even such simple tasks.

Similar to this, depending on the mobility of the client, the caregiver needs to know whether there will be need for assisting during bathroom visits, bathing, feeding, getting up from bed… etc. In some cases caregiver will need to remind the client about daily walks or social events, but in others the caregiver will have to make sure that the client is wearing a protective hat on a sunny day.

Caregiver should be familiarized with client’s personal and interpersonal habits, such as does he or she likes chit-chat, watching TV, making social visits, having the guests over at the house… generally caregiver should get as good picture of his or her client personality during the first few days or weeks after the contract begins, and immediate members of family are usually the ones who are best suited to give this type of information. If it’s necessary, you can even write down the most important points the caregiver needs to know about your loved one because that will help them start off on the right foot in their relationship which can potentially last for years.