Definition of Caregiving
Caregiving is a person (caregiver) who routinely helps others such as seniors with daily tasks that they could otherwise not do for themselves or attempt with great difficulty.
There are 2 categories of caregiving:
Formal and Informal Caregivers
Formal caregivers for seniors are paid in exchange for care services provided.
Informal caregivers are family and friends who care for their loved one(s) without 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 in close proximity to 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, and require additional resources to help care for their loved one(s).
Families and Trustees places a lot of trust in the hands of hired caregivers to provide support, stability and security to the senior needing care.
A private caregivers greatest asset will always be how well he or she communicates and sends regular updates to family members to keep them well informed after each visit and to alert the family of any obvious changes in behavior or mental state.
With all the technology (i.e. voice recording, video, email etc) now at our fingertips, family members can be present in all appointments, with assistance from a private caregiver using video or audio on mobile devices. Family members have a massive advantage with the technology now available. Wireless IP cameras can be installed inside or outside a senior loved one(s) home, which does give the family access to a visual live feed on demand.
Now more than ever caregivers are in demand with the increasingly large aging population. Caregiving is a wonderful additional care option to continue the preferred lifestyle of a senior.