What does a Caregiver do?
Caregivers provide a wide range of personal care and support to a variety of people. This support generally entails helping people with their daily living activities, ranging from bathing and grooming to planning and cooking meals to assisting with taking medications. Caregivers generally work with seniors, people recovering from surgery, disabled adults, and veterans. This can take place either in a facility or in the form of in-home care.
Caregivers must have a high school diploma or general education degree (GED). Additionally, most caregivers are required to have a valid license and a registered vehicle, pass a background check, and be well-versed in first aid. The best caregivers are dedicated to helping clients gain more independence and improve their quality of life. This oftentimes means caregivers are compassionate, proactive, and dedicated to serving others.
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“Each day is different and if you do enjoy caring for people this job is great.”
“It is a great work/life balance and most of the clients seem to be easy to work with.”
“The best parts of the job was helping people and seeing a smile on their face.”
“The best managers and coordinators I've worked with seem to have quit or been fired.”
“There was lovely manager when I started but she left and after was only disaster.”
“When you have a great team and everyone shows up to work every day it’s nice.”
“Pay is really good and they take time to teach you how to do everything.”
“Some management was very unhelpful and didn't always agree on the best way to approach situations.”
Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a caregiver
When working as a caregiver, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CPR First Aid, Bathing, Dressing, Excellent Customer Service and Effective Communication.
- Direct Support Professional
- Care Manager
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The most common qualifications to become a caregiver is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.