Being a Caregiver


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A caregiver is a paid or unpaid member of a person's social network who helps them with activities of daily living. Since they have no specific professional training, they are often described as informal caregivers. Caregivers most commonly assist with impairments related to old age, disability, a disease, or a mental disorder.

Typical duties of a caregiver might include taking care of someone who has a chronic illness or disease; managing medications or talking to doctors and nurses on someone's behalf; helping to bathe or dress someone who is frail or disabled; or taking care of household chores, meals, or processes both formal and informal documentation related to health for someone who cannot do these things alone.

A fundamental part of giving care is being a good communicator with the person getting care. Care is given with respect for the dignity of the person receiving care. The carer remains in contact with the primary health care provider, often a doctor or nurse, and helps the person receiving care make decisions about their health and matters affecting their daily life.
Source: Wikipedia
  1. A person who suffers   experiences mental or physical damage.

  2. A caregiver does not   to the person they assist.

  3. The role of the caregiver is   in maintaining the patient's physical, mental and even emotional well-being.

  4. Generally, the person receiving care needs to   with/to his caregiver.

  5. Ensuring the   of the person the caregiver assists is an important part of his/her job.


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  1. Where do caregivers usually work?

  2. What should caregivers possess to become effective at their job?


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