by Rishabh Chaturvedi
March 12, 2019
A patient caregiver looks after the needs of patients and provides care to help towards their well-being. Generally, caregivers are required for, and assigned to patients who are unable to function efficiently or properly without assistance and have no next of kin always on hand to help them out. Caregivers may not always be professionally trained individuals, and are often assigned for full-time assistance to the patient.
The responsibilities for the job are essentially undefined and endless. The work has often no limits and goes from simple caregiving to cooking. Responsibilities include-
- Providing patient with hygiene care
- Giving medicine to the patient on time
- Preparing proper food
- Helping patient in the prescribed physical exercises
- Providing first-aid in case of emergencies
- Co-ordinating with doctors and therapists
- Cleaning up after the patient
What are the qualifications for the job?
The job has no qualifications required. Of course, depending upon the type of care required and client employing, the caregiver might need some qualifications. Some of the basic qualifications that employers might want are-
- 10+2 degree
- Certificate or diploma course in patient care
- Certified physical therapists
- B. Sc or M. Sc in Nursing
Apart from these qualifications, employers would want certain skills and qualities for the caregiver to have. Some of these are-
- Patient with client
- Knowledge of first-aid
- Responsible and caring, but strict
- Knowledge of English
- Ability to deal with problems and complications
Is there a uniform for the job?
There is no official uniform for the job as it is a full-time job that is often at the client’s home. However, it is advisable to wear soft, cotton clothing so that it does not cause irritation to the patient and helps the caregiver to move freely.
Where are the jobs available?
Patient caregivers are hired by patients or their families for their home. Nursing homes, clinics and hospitals too look to hire good caregivers.
Do’s and Don’ts for the job-
- Always work towards self-upskilling
- Learn comprehensive first-aid
- Learn to identify symptoms
- Never be harsh to the patient
- Never ignore symptoms
- Never disregard the patients’ wishes or requests without valid reason