This questions gets asked more than you would think. The caregiving definition is just as simple as it sounds; a person who provides care to another person. At Wise Caregiving we focus on non-medical senior care. A caregiver for seniors helps with daily tasks (ADL’s-Activities of Daily Living).
There are two types of caregivers:
Formal caregivers for seniors are paid in exchange for care services provided.
Informal caregivers are family and friends who provide care without financial compensation.
To be a caregiver for the elderly means you provide emotional support, personal hygiene assistance, housekeeping, transportation, and social interaction.
Caregivers lend eyes and ears to family members. In some cases, family members do not live near their senior loved one(s). Most family members who are a part of the “sandwich generation”, are caught between the stresses of caring for their aging parent, as well as their own children, and career. They require additional resources to help care for their senior loved one(s).
Families place a lot of trust in the hands of hired private caregivers to provide support, stability, and security to their senior loved one(s).
A private caregiver’s greatest asset is how well he or she communicates with family members to keep them well informed after each visit. It will also help alert the family of any obvious changes in behavior, or mental state.
Now, more than ever, caregivers are in demand with the increasingly large aging population. Caregiving is a wonderful additional care option.