Care providers are generally tasked with caring for those who are unable to care for themselves, and this can range from newborn babies to senior citizens who suffer from incurable diseases, as well as the mentally and physically disabled.
Care providers work in a variety of settings, including both health care facilities and patients' homes, and many travel from location to location to care for their patients. They may feed patients, assist with mobility or exercise, or simply spend time with them, among other duties. Care providers want to give their patients the best life possible and help them maintain a healthy lifestyle while they are unable to care for themselves, and they must also have a great deal of patience to work well with clients and handle difficult situations.
Care providers who work privately with patients may only need a high school diploma and/or two years of experience working in a health care setting, while those who work in hospitals and hospice care may need at least an associate's degree and several years of experience in the field. The job expectancy outlook is roughly 7% for the next ten years, and hours and shifts in this position can vary greatly depending on clients' needs.
Care Provider Tasks
Change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.
Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
Check patients' pulse, temperature and respiration.
Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming.