What Do Caregivers Do?

If you’re new to caregiving or you’re simply trying to figure out where all your time goes, you might be wondering just what caregivers do.

Help with Household Tasks

Senior Care Lowell, MI: Caregiver Duties

Household tasks, including the ones that keep your senior as safe as possible, tend to fall under a caregiver’s duties. This might involve doing your senior’s laundry, vacuuming for her, and taking care of all sorts of other tasks. These chores might be ones that your elderly family member can’t do on her own anymore or they might be ones that take too much energy for her to handle.

Take Care of Necessary Errands
Errands never seem to stop, do they? There’s always something that needs to be picked up or done, and as your senior’s caregiver you might be the one to handle those tasks. If you can delegate these tasks to other family members or to friends, that might be a way to free up your time and energy.

Help with Mobility
If your aging family member’s mobility is an issue, she may need a great deal of help navigating safely, even in her home. You may need to check her home for safety considerations or even oversee the installation of assisting devices, like ramps or a stair lift. If your elderly family member needs to learn to use a walker or cane, you might find yourself helping her with that.

Spend Time with Their Senior
One important task on your list can simply be spending time with your elderly family member. That means quality time where you’re just enjoying each other’s company. It’s easier to do than you might expect and there aren’t any chores more important than having that time together.

Serve as a Health Liaison
It’s also important to remember that you’re going to be the advocate for your senior. As her health changes, it might be more difficult for her to keep up with what’s going on. That’s where your assistance can be incredibly valuable and where you can do some of the most good for her.

There’s a lot that you do as a caregiver. Some of those tasks might be ones that you can delegate to someone else, like a senior care provider. Take the time to determine what you need to handle on your own and what you can have someone else take care of for you and then let them do so.

Excerpt: Even if you’ve been a caregiver for a while, you might not have a clear picture of all that you do.

If you or someone you know needs help with Senior Care in Lowell, MI, contact Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable homecare services in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.