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A Care Giver’s Diary

Caregiver’s, what is your Definition of Light Housekeeping?

There has been so much said about the duties of a caregiver. Who is a caregiver? Why do you call on a caregiver? And what are their roles in your home?

In many cases your caregivers are CNAs (Certified Nurses Assistants) or HHAs (Home Health Aids)

All of these individuals went to school to be certified to enter your homes, and as they enter, they are expected to be assigned, to do the duties under which they were certified.

Among all the duties of care givers, there is the outstanding “Light House Keeping”                                     

What does that mean to the caregiver, and clients?

It is the responsibility of a great caregiver to clean up after him or herself, to attend to the upkeep of the client’s most immediate space, attending only to the areas that are affected while he or she is on duty. The caregiver is expected to strip and prepare a clean and fresh bed, as well as addressing the client’s closet, doing only the client’s laundry, nightstand and if an accident occur during his or her visit that too is to be addressed (on the floor and or carpet) of immediate area, where the client is at the time. After bathroom duty with clients, spends a few minutes to return items that were removed during shower, and mop up any accidental spills, ECT.

The caregivers will only remove the garbage that is within the client’s immediate space, as he or she picks up after him or herself.

The same is true for the kitchen area. The caregivers will wash and pack away only the dishes that were used by them and the client, clean stove top areas, keeping refrigerator clean and free of old foods and clutter, prepare, label and date all cooked meals, bearing in mind, that it is much safer to serve fresh meals at all times.

It must be absolutely clear on the first day that when a family member request the assistance of a caregiver, the caregiver already knows what his or her duties are, and what is expected of them, as their duties dictates.

Caregivers are not housekeepers, and must not be treated as such.

 

Andria Patricia Harris / Dementia Living LLC / 09/13/2014