Elderly caregivers have one of the most challenging (and the most fulfilling too) jobs in the world. Looking after people who are technically in their second childhood is very taxing but if done properly, it can make one feel at the top of the world. Since most elderly people are limited in terms of physical work, they need constant care and supervision. With many diseases associated with old age such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, many families hire professional caregivers for their loved ones.
The three areas of work of an elderly caregiver are companionship, personal care and housekeeping. Elderly caregivers are required to ensure that they stimulate, encourage and assist the elderly in living their lives comfortably and with dignity. Many elderly caregivers are trained so that they can cater to the healthcare needs of their wards including medicine administration.
You may not need any formal education to work as an elderly caregiver but you must possess a high school diploma and some knowledge of taking vitals and administering medication. A natural flair for looking after the needs of the elderly and inherent compassion is a definite prerequisite for this position.
Sample Job Description for Elderly Caregiver Resume
• Assist elderly wards with bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting
• Perform light housekeeping duties such as cleaning, dishwashing and laundry
• Plan and prepare meals according to specific diet plans and assist in partaking of meals
• Run errands; pay bills and perform shopping
• Remind elderly wards about their medication and administer medication when requested
• Take and record vitals such as body temperature and blood pressure
• Provide companionship and conversation in a bid to keep elderly wards occupied and contented
• Assist clients with walking, light exercise and physical therapy
• Accompany wards to doctors’ appointments and support them during medical procedures
• Observe wards to determine any changes in behavior and report to family or associated doctor
• Ensure the quality of life of senior wards by contributing to positive living environments
• Report any significant changes in the wards’ needs and preferences
• Engage wards in physical and mental exercises and provide companionship during outdoor activities
• Assist elderly wards in and out of beds and to their desired place in and around the house or facility
• Provide emotional support to distressed wards with a view to encourage them to live positively
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