Before everyone get confused, I know some of you are. ^-^ Just want to make it clear that I am a live-in caregiver. Maybe you noticed also that I mentioning here "nursing home". Yes, because I was employed with an old lady who lived in a retirement home. So, I was with her for about four years and unfortunately she died at the age of one hundred one and half. (101.5).
When I was living with her in a retirement home , I was also a live in caregiver, works only with one person privately. A huge difference when I was there are I didn't do any cooking, no cleaning, no laundry. The home provide everything. She even have a woman who showered her everyday and give her breakfast. My sole responsibility is to look after my patient with love and care.
Unlike today I'm a live in caregiver to a lady (Sara) living in her own apartment by herself. I have to do all the household work. In short "yaya ni lola" I have to do the food shopping, I have to cook for her, to clean the house, do the laundry, ironing and etc.. even entertaining visitors. But I'm happy because I can practice my cooking and also I have a private room wherein I can have my privacy. The job is not difficult eventually, I'm always in holiday. I sit with her every morning by the pool or I can swim and use the pool if I want too and I have an afternoon rest for 2 hours before tea time. A wonderful job that I have difficulty to give it up.
Fundamentally, a caregiver provides compassion, care and assistance to those who need help in everyday living. Thus, caregiver should have patience, understanding, and compassionate. I have listed few duties and responsibilities as a caregiver based on my experience.
Personal Care :
1. Assist in shower and personal hygiene
2. Provide personal grooming, nails, hair and oral care.
3. If the patient is in the wheelchair - transfer her/him from bed to wheelchair.
4. Toileting assistance and incontinent care.
5. Encourage activities in accordance to patient's needs and capabilities.
1. Make an appointment if patient's needs to see a doctor.
2. Report of sudden changes of the patient's physical mental or emotional health to his/her family or if your in a retirement home, report it to the nurse on duty.
3. Provide good skin care and avoid bed sores.
4. Give the right medication according to doctor prescription.
Household Management :
1. Maintain the cleanliness of the patient's house or apartment.
2. Make the patient bed and change the bed sheet regularly.
3. Wash and dry the patient's clothes regularly.
4. Wash the dishes and all kitchen utensils.
5. Do food shopping and etc..
Changes or Things To Be Aware Off:
1. If your patient's has a high blood pressure - Be sure to check her/his blood pressure regularly and report it quickly if there is high and low changes.
2. Changes in Blood Sugar
3. If the patient falls
4. Swelling part of the body
6. Confusion and Hallucination