Have you ever picked up a prescription for a senior or taken them to a doctor's appointment? Have you ever helped an older adult around the house or paying bills? Do you provide emotional support for an older adult? Or do you provide even more care? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, then you are a caregiver.
Every day in the United States, there are approximately 44 million individuals providing care for a senior loved one. In a nutshell, caregiving is anything you do that enhances the quality of life for seniors and helps keep them independent. If you're an individual who cares for a loved one 24/7, it's probably not difficult to see yourself as a family caregiver. Caregiving as a career encompasses many of these activities and more including:
- Planning and preparing meals
- Light housekeeping
- Medication reminders
- Running errands
- Engaging in activities like games, memory books, and light exercise
Most importantly, professional caregiving allows you to build on the skills you already have to develop a fulfilling, rewarding career helping seniors live rich, independent lives.
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