If you are looking to hire a caregiver or are planning on being a caregiver yourself, it’s a good idea to have a job description that outlines your caregiver duties. It’s a great way to lay out expectations and keep everyone on the same page. In this article I will provide a detailed list of caregiver duties and a job description that you can download for your own use.
This is the same job description I used for my caregivers at my home care agency.
A caregiver is primarily responsible for the overall care of an individual which can include personal care, homemaker services, personal assistance, companionship, and transportation. A caregiver’s duties are non-medical, unless the caregiver is certified and licensed to provide medical care.
Caregiver duties may include…
Personal Care Services
- Bathing support including tub bath, bed bath, shower, sponge bath
- Help with shaving (electric shaver only)
- Assist with oral/mouth care
- Shampoo hair
- Assist with dressing, grooming, brushing hair, etc.
- Assist with skin care
- Assist with toileting activities including commode, bedpan, perineal care, and adult briefs
- Help with range of motion activities
- Assist with other client requests
- Provide assistance with meal planning, meal preparation, cooking, and serving meals
- Make/change bed linens and assist with laundry
- Provide light housekeeping duties including washing dishes, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning bathrooms/kitchen, etc.
- Assist with grocery shopping, incidental transportation, and running errands
- Help with pet and plant care
- Other client requests
- Assist with self-administered medications
- Limit/encourage fluids
- Record food intake
- Record urinary output and bowel functions
- Assist with transfers, ambulation and bathroom
- Engage in conversation with your client
- Encourage client interaction through reading, playing games, assisting with projects, etc.
- Take clients to events, outings and to visit friends
- Record memoirs and assist with correspondence
- Provide safety supervision, independence training, and support following hospitalization
- Other client requests
- Current and valid caregiver registration / certification as required by your individual state
- Current and valid first aid and CPR certification
- Proven experience in caregiving and working with the elderly
- Great written and oral communication skills
- Good decision-making skills and the ability to problem solve
- Experience and knowledge working with people with chronic and acute conditions
- Respectful and compassionate
- Experience with housekeeping tasks and cooking meals
Caregiver job description download
Click on the button below to download a free caregiver job description that you can customize for your own use. This is the job description I gave all the caregivers who worked for my in-home care agency.
Please leave a note in the comment section below if you have any questions. Thanks.