CAREGIVER JOBS IN CANADA
work in the home and help their clients with daily activities, such as bathing and bathroom functions, feeding, grooming, taking medication, and some housework. Caregivers help clients make and keep appointments with doctors, provide or arrange transportation and serve as a companion for their clients.
FUNCTIONS/DUTIES OF A CAREGIVER
- Assist clients with personal care, including dressing, mobility, administering medication, personal hygiene, eating and transporting to doctor’s appointments
- Monitor patient medications and update health charts
- Maintain open communication between families and health care professionals regarding client’s medical and emotional condition
- Document and report any changes in client’s health status
- Ensure highest client safety and well-being
- Developing a personal relationship with those you care for.
- You are the eyes and ears of the patient. Doctors cannot visit their patients daily, but as the patient’s caregiver, you can report to her physician if she shows any adverse symptoms. These can include rashes, bleeding, stomach upset, swelling, confusion, headaches or changes in blood pressure or blood sugar. As someone who is around the patient daily, you would easily take note of these things.
- You may assist your patient during showers and baths, help brush her hair and even help put on her makeup. For some patients, you will assist in toileting and transferring her from a bed to a wheelchair. Since your patient cannot do it herself, you are responsible for making sure she looks her best and that her personal image is maintained, regardless of her condition.