Caregiver Duties and Job Description

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.


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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

Homemaking services

  • 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

Personal Assistance

  • Assist with self-administered medications
  • Limit/encourage fluids
  • Record food intake
  • Record urinary output and bowel functions
  • Assist with transfers, ambulation and bathroom

Companion services

  • 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


Caregiver Requirements

  • 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.

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