Certified caregivers primarily take care of elderly and disabled people, and some positions may require living in the home of a patient. This job can be done on an independent freelance basis, or for an agency. Caregivers may also help patients maintain basic hygiene, which may involve bathing and helping them use the restroom.
Certified caregivers often perform housekeeping tasks, such as cleaning and cooking, and knowledge of different types of cuisines and nutritional requirements is beneficial. These caregivers are often the only individuals caring for a patient at any given time, but it is often necessary to coordinate with other medical providers, such as physicians, to understand patients' needs. They may also schedule appointments on clients' behalves and transport them to appointments. If any changes in a patient's health or behavior are noticed, it is important to to use discretion when contacting his/her family or doctor.
This job often requires a valid driver’s license in order to transport patients to appointments and run errands such as shopping. Certified caregivers may also work in a nursing home, where it may be required to oversee multiple clients. Becoming a certified caregiver requires completing a recognized program and being recognized by the state’s department of health. After the course is completed, a test is often administered and must be passed to obtain a position.
Certified Caregiver 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.