A caregiver role will be differently constructed based on the person who is giving care, and the degree of relationship between that person and his/her clients. There are many people considered caregivers including parents, family members of people with extra needs, and professionals who work with non-family members in a variety of capacities. It would be hard to discuss a typical caregiver role, since the requirements of each individual can be different and because many different people fill these roles.
The person who assumes a caregiver role on a professional basis could take on any number of jobs. Much depends on the needs of the person who requires support. Caregivers could do most things for that person if it is necessary. This could include bathing, changing, and feeding someone who doesn’t have dependable use of limbs, or bowel and bladder control. Not only might feeding be required, but preparation of food could be necessary too.
For those people with movement difficulties the caregiver does more than the above tasks list. Folks may need to be turned in beds to prevent things like bedsores, they could require exercising of their muscles so these do not atrophy, and they may have need for lifting from things like beds to wheelchairs. People in a caregiver role often require significant strength and strong knowledge of safe lifting tactics so that they can safely help patients move and also not injure themselves.
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