What does a Caregiver do?

Caregivers provide a wide range of personal care and support to a variety of people. This support generally entails helping people with their daily living activities, ranging from bathing and grooming to planning and cooking meals to assisting with taking medications. Caregivers generally work with seniors, people recovering from surgery, disabled adults, and veterans. This can take place either in a facility or in the form of in-home care.

Caregivers must have a high school diploma or general education degree (GED). Additionally, most caregivers are required to have a valid license and a registered vehicle, pass a background check, and be well-versed in first aid. The best caregivers are dedicated to helping clients gain more independence and improve their quality of life. This oftentimes means caregivers are compassionate, proactive, and dedicated to serving others.

What responsibilities are common for Caregiver jobs?
  • Address client needs with respect and attention to safety
  • Assist clients with daily living activities, including bathing, grooming, dressing, eating, and using the bathroom
  • Actively engage clients through conversation and companionship
  • Engage with clients in a manner that promotes their independence and maintains their dignity
  • Help with meal preparation, planning, and grocery shopping
  • Perform light housekeeping duties
  • Help clients with physical therapy exercises
  • Report any unusual incidents or behavior
  • Administer medications as outlined
  • Maintain a safe environment for clients
What are the typical qualifications for Caregiver jobs?
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • Current CPR certification
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Valid driver's license with a registered vehicle that is insured
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Current first aid certification
  • Ability to read and speak English
  • Ability to pass a required TB test and physical exam
  • Proven ability to behave with respect and compassion
  • Possess a professional and upbeat attitude
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Caregiver make near United States?

$41,293 /yr
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Caregiver Career Path

Learn how to become a Caregiver, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Senior Caregiver
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Caregiver Insights

Read what Caregiver professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
NHS Blood and TransplantNHS Blood and Transplant
Donor Carer
Sep 11, 2023

“Great training plan made me feel supported and ongoing training offers meant I could progress within my role.”

Oct 6, 2023

“All the families I have helped have been truly amazing and haven't had any issues.”

Home Health Aide
Oct 7, 2021

“When you have a great team and everyone shows up to work every day it’s nice.”

Ambulance Care Assistant
May 16, 2023

“Great people on the road and PT as mostly great and the job can be super rewarding.”

UNM HospitalsUNM Hospitals
Nutrition Care Aide
Aug 25, 2021

“Some management was very unhelpful and didn't always agree on the best way to approach situations.”

Care Assistant
Sep 5, 2021

“There was lovely manager when I started but she left and after was only disaster.”

The Great Care CompanyThe Great Care Company
Home Care Assistant
Jan 19, 2023

“good place to work and sometimes you get to go out for lunch on the company.”

May 1, 2023

“Willing to work with you on scheduling to accommodate your work schedule and everyday life.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of caregivers

The typical day of a caregiver involves assisting individuals who are unable to care for themselves due to illness, injury, or disability. Daily tasks may include preparing meals, performing housework, providing transportation, assisting with personal hygiene, picking up groceries or medications, and monitoring the individual's overall health.

Caregiving is an excellent career for those who are passionate about helping others. An advantage of being a caregiver is having the opportunity to make a difference in someone's daily life by providing essential care. Becoming a caregiver requires minimal education, so it's a good option for people who are anxious to get to work without years of schooling.

The average salary for caregivers is $41,293 per year. Salaries tend to be higher for staff caregivers in assisted living and continuing care communities for the elderly. Individual and family services are the second-highest paying fields for caregivers. Experience and education can help to increase your earnings.

Working as a caregiver can be very stressful, as you're responsible for the health and wellness of others. One challenge of being a caregiver is that those who routinely work with the elderly may also have to handle the passing of their clients which can be very emotional.

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