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What does a caregiver do?

A caregiver helps a client with activities of daily living.

What a caregiver CAN do:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Basic grooming and hygiene
  • Transfers
  • Ambulation assist
  • Fall prevention and monitoring
  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Cooking
  • Shopping
  • Companionship
  • Escorts to appointments

 

Additional tasks that can be performed following proper assessment and approval by our clinical case manager:

  • Medication reminders
  • Oral suctioning
  • Catheter bag changes
  • Ostomy bag changes
  • Skin care to unbroken areas
  • Feeding a client that is able to sit upright and swallow independently

Our company is accredited through The Joint Commission, a national organization that ensures that home health agencies meet and maintain high standards of care and safety.

What a caregiver CANNOT do:

  • Injections
  • Wound care
  • Tube feeding or intravenous nutrition
  • Respiratory care including postural drainage, cupping or adjusting oxygen flow
  • Toenail trimming
  • Insertion, removal or flushing of a catheter
  • Enemas or suppositories
  • Nasal, tracheal or endotracheal suctioning

Caregivers may not perform any type of injections, which can make managing a client's insulin difficult. However, the caregiver may be able to assist in a limited fashion if the client is able to direct their own care. The case manager will evaluate the situation fully and make recommendations. It can be helpful to discuss insulin management with a physician to explore options.

For clients who need help filling their pill boxes, this service can be arranged by the case manager for a separate fee. Please call for more details.

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Care in the Home services the following areas: Lake County, IL |  Cook County, IL (not south of the Loop) |  Kenosha County, WI

 

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