A personal carer or personal caregiver is an individual who provides a wide range of services to people who may have trouble handling things due to their ages or physical or mental conditions. Personal carers work with adults, children and the geriatric population depending on their specific positions and assignments. They ensure that their wards are given the best possible personal services including assistance with bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting and eating.
Working as a personal carer will require you to possess a high school diploma or a GED equivalent at the very minimum. Extensive training in handling the specific needs of people from different age groups, and the ability to ensure that their dignity is maintained, are just some of the prerequisites of working at this position. In addition to this, you have to be patient, friendly and cool-minded as you may come across many situations where your mettle as a caregiver will be tested to the core.
Mostly, personal carers work in people’s homes but some may be employed by dedicated rehabilitation or care facilities. In either case, it is the job of a personal carer to ensure that his or her wards are properly looked after, and to make their physical and emotional wellbeing a priority.
A list of duties that a personal carer is generally expected to perform is given below:
• Engage assigned patients / wards in conversation to gauge their personalities and individual likes and dislikes
• Thoroughly read and understand care plans developed by doctors or nursing professionals to determine courses of action on a daily basis
• Assist patients with their personal needs including toileting, bathing, grooming and washing, while maintaining their dignity and self-respect
• Enable mobility by pushing wheelchairs or assisting with walking, and provide help by checking and properly placing specialist equipment
• Plan menus and recipes according to patients’ health statuses and ensure that kitchen staff prepares their food accordingly
• Provide help to patients in partaking their meals and record intake of water and food on a daily basis
• Perform day to day household tasks including changing beds, tidying up rooms, handling laundry and ironing, and managing grocery shopping
• Assist patients with daily exercises and / or physiotherapy sessions, ensuring their physical and emotional wellbeing at all times
• Provide medication reminders and administer medication in a timely manner
• Monitor changes in clients’ conditions or behaviors and ensure that these changes are immediately communicated to family members and presiding doctors