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.

  • Address client needs with respect and attention to safety
  • Assist clients with daily living activities, including bathing, grooming, dressing, eating, and using the bathroom
  • Actively engage clients through conversation and companionship
  • Engage with clients in a manner that promotes their independence and maintains their dignity
  • Help with meal preparation, planning, and grocery shopping
  • Perform light housekeeping duties
  • Help clients with physical therapy exercises
  • Report any unusual incidents or behavior
  • Administer medications as outlined
  • Maintain a safe environment for clients
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • Current CPR certification
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Valid driver's license with a registered vehicle that is insured
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Current first aid certification
  • Ability to read and speak English
  • Ability to pass a required TB test and physical exam
  • Proven ability to behave with respect and compassion
  • Possess a professional and upbeat attitude
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
12%
2 - 4
4%
5 - 7
0%
8+
84%

Common Skill Sets

CPR First Aid
Bathing
Dressing
Excellent Customer Service
Effective Communication
English Language
Positive Attitude
Toileting

Caregiver Seniority Levels

L2
Caregiver
£24,984/yr
L3
Senior Caregiver
£21,867/yr
L4
Staff Caregiver
£22,172/yr
Direct Support Professional
10% made the transition
Care Manager
10% made the transition
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Caregiver Salaries

Average Base Pay

£24,984 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£20K
Median: £25K
£32K
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