1. Assess the condition of the patient/care recipient:
It is important to assess the physical and mental health of a care recipient on a daily basis. This includes evaluating factors such as their overall appearance, vital signs, mood and behavior, speech patterns, mobility issues, skin integrity and any other changes that may have occurred since the last assessment.
2. Prepare and serve meals, snacks and beverages according to dietary instructions:
Caregivers must prepare nutritious meals for the care recipient that meet their nutritional requirements and adhere to any dietary restrictions. It is also important to monitor food intake and help ensure adequate hydration throughout the day.
3. Provide personal care such as assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming:
This includes helping the patient/care recipient with activities such as brushing teeth, combing hair, applying deodorant and getting dressed in the morning. In addition, caregivers may need to assist with toileting tasks such as changing diapers or assisting them onto a toilet or commode seat if they are unable to do this independently.
4. Carry out light housekeeping duties like laundry, vacuuming, dusting etc.:
Caregivers must be prepared to carry out basic cleaning tasks related to the care recipient’s home and/or living environment. This may include sweeping, mopping and tidying up the living space as needed.
5. Monitor for changes in health status or safety needs:
It is essential that caregivers pay attention to any signs of deterioration in the health or wellbeing of a care recipient. If they observe anything unusual or concerning, they should report it immediately to the appropriate personnel (such as a doctor).
6. Assist with medications (as per instructions):
This includes helping patients/care recipients to take their medications according to instructions and accurately documenting it in a medication log. Caregivers should also watch out for any potential side effects or reactions.
7. Help keep track of appointments and other activities:
Caregivers must ensure that the patient/care recipient is aware of any upcoming medical appointments, recreational activities or social engagements so they can participate if desired. They should also be prepared to accompany the care recipient and ensure their safety during these events.
8. Facilitate communication between care team members:
It is important for caregivers to maintain open lines of communication with all relevant personnel involved in the care plan (e.g., doctors, nurses, therapists etc.). This ensures that everyone is informed about changes in the patient’s condition and any other relevant developments.
9. Provide emotional support and comfort:
Caregivers must be able to provide emotional support and comfort, such as listening to the care recipient’s concerns, offering reassurance and providing companionship during times of distress.
10. Document care activities as required:
This involves accurately recording all tasks performed by a caregiver each day in order to track progress over time and ensure that services are being provided correctly.
11. Follow safety procedures such as checking smoke detectors, fire extinguishers etc.:
This is essential for ensuring the health and safety of both the care recipient and caregivers within their home environment. Caregivers must also be aware of any potential hazards that could endanger their charge or themselves.
12. Report any concerns or changes in the patient's condition to appropriate personnel:
It is important for caregivers to be alert and aware of any changes in the patient’s condition or wellbeing. If they observe anything unusual, they should report it immediately to the appropriate personnel (such as a doctor, nurse or caregiver manager).
13. Offer companionship that encourages physical activity and socialization:
This includes activities such as going for walks, joining in social activities and engaging in conversations with the care recipient. Caregivers should aim to foster meaningful connections between themselves and their charge that will help to enhance quality of life.
14. Prepare for the next day’s activities by creating a schedule and gathering supplies:
Caregivers should be prepared for the next day’s activities by creating a schedule and gathering any necessary supplies (e.g., food, medication etc.). This helps to ensure that all tasks are completed in a timely manner.
15. Ensure all tasks are completed before leaving for the day:
At the end of each day, caregivers must ensure that all necessary tasks have been completed and documented before leaving for the day. This includes ensuring that the living space is tidy and safe, and that any remaining supplies are stored away securely.