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What Do Caregivers Do

General Responsibilities, Expectations & Pay Rates

At Griswold, caregivers provide non-medical care to the elderly, ill, disabled or injured care recipients so that they can live comfortably and independently at home. They provide companion care, personal care, hospice and palliative support care, live-in and overnight, personal, and respite care as well as homemaking services, among other services.

Since no two people are the same, no two caregiving jobs are the same, either. That means that most caregivers provide different services to different clients, resulting in slightly different experiences. Many times, each day will require something different from the last. The fact that no two days are the same is one of the aspects of caregiving that many of our caregivers enjoy. That said, we’ve provided some general information about the caregiving career and what you can expect when you decide on this career path.

Caregiver Duties

We all have a general idea of what caregiving involves, but what do caregivers really do? The responsibilities of a caregiver can include providing companionship both in and out of the home, assisting with dressing, hygiene, and using the bathroom, getting recipients in and out of bed and helping them move about, and reminding recipients to take their medication, among other duties.

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Caregiver Specialties

Some of the most common reasons someone might need a caregiver is if they have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, ALS, MS, cancer, or have a disability. We provide several resources for you to learn more about each of these conditions and more.

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Caregiver Rates of Pay

Rates of pay for professional caregivers vary from state to state and company to company. You can find what the average is in your area on Many times, unpaid family and volunteer caregivers become professional caregivers after falling in love with how rewarding the job is.

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