Originally Posted by mej1
I'm trying to determine if these duties fit the description of a caregiver:
Tube feeding the patient
Preparing breakfast and lunchtime meals
Providing medication in a timely manner
Assisting the patient with transfers to and from wheelchair
Assisting the patient with physical therapy and speech exercises
Assisting the patient with whatever they need, including hobbies
Keeping an eye on the patient so they stay out of trouble while recuperating
I'd also like to know if there's a difference in the way full-time position is applied to a caregiver vs. any other job title (like a teacher). Can a full-time caregiver just work 8am to 4 pm and be considered full-time?
I think the list is sort of correct for caregivers. However some of them sounds like it is for a nurse or therapist. Certain situation needs a nurse or a therapist. e.g., tube feeding may cause infection and the change of tube needs a nurse. I am sure the caregiver adds the food via the tube.
To assist one with therapy is possible if the client needs to practice without the therapist. It also depends on if you have nurse aid certificate.
The full-time definition depends on the places. In a nursing home, there are shifts and I am sure you can get certain full-time position. At home, it varies. However a caregiver's timing is not as rigid as a teacher. Actually it is rather flexible. It has to be flexible because the patient or client may need help at any time. It also depends on the family members when they can come home to release you. In general you can go by certain hours M-F if the patient is not very sick for home care. If the patient is sicker at home, the hour is flexible. I think it goes with the accumulatiing hours, not fixed time.
Sometimes you may need to cook for the patient or take him out for a walk. Or even drive him to a park. Give him a shower or help him to wash his hands and etc.
Some even help out with simple mail or billings.
Hope this helps,