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What are the Duties for a Home Caregiver for Seniors?

Andrea Lovell

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The duties of a home caregiver for seniors can be simply stated as making sure they stay safe, eat properly, take their medicines on time and have some companionship. This is, however, a bit of an oversimplification because each of these three primary duties has several responsibilities that are included.

Keeping Seniors Safe

This involves making sure that they will not get hurt while bathing, which is where many accidents happen. The bathtub or the shower should have grab bars and a chair to prevent falling. An San Mateo hourly care giver can assist with the bathing so that added protection is provided against falling.

Seniors may need to use a walker or a wheelchair to get around. Care should be exercised by the home caregiver to ensure that setting in and getting up from the wheelchair is done safely.
The caregiver should observe the use of the walker by the senior to make sure that it is providing the support that is needed.

When a senior has to use stairs it is important for the San Mateo Live in care giver to be vigilant at all times so that falls can be prevented.

The Senior Needs to Eat properly

The caregiver may have to prepare meals for the senior that are compatible with their diets. If meals are provided by someone else, the caregiver should make sure that the meals are eaten regardless of the source, and if they are not a record should be kept so that the matter can be discussed with the doctor.

The San Mateo Home Care Assistance caregiver should be observing the senior during meals to protect the senior from choking. The senior may like company when they eat so the caregiver can set with them and provide companionship. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide mental stimulation.

Seniors Should Take Their Medicines As Prescribed

Many seniors do not have the memory required to take a number of medicines at different time intervals. Making a list is a good idea, but some seniors cannot correlate the medicine bottle to the medicine name on the list.


One of the essential needs that a caregiver can satisfy is the need for companionship. Perhaps it is as easy as sharing a cup of coffee or maybe it is listening to their fears. It may be as easy as watching a TV show with them. One characteristic that is not companionship is giving advice.

If you need a caregiver for your senior at home call San Mateo Home Care Assistance. We have an extended curriculum that all caregivers must meet. To learn more about our process of hiring a caregiver visit our website.

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