According to MedlinePlus, a service of the National Library of Medicine, a caregiver gives care to someone who needs help taking care of themselves. Some of them are informal caregivers. They are usually family members or friends. Other caregivers are paid professionals. Caregivers may give care at home or in a hospital or other health care setting. Sometimes they are caregiving from a distance.
The types of services that AHCS caregivers provide may include:
- Light housekeeping
- Personal care
- 24/7 care
- Medication management
- Respite care – support for family caregivers
- Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s support
- Mental health support
- And more
Why do you want to be a caregiver?
Caregiving jobs can be extremely rewarding for the right type of person.
We’ll share a few inspiring stories from AHCS caregivers:
“I love the independence of working alone and seeing the smiles on my clients face when I get there. Knowing that I can turn a client’s day around just by walking through their door – that is what I enjoy the most in my role.”
“I enjoy pleasing my clients. I go above and beyond for my clients because they depend on me and are grateful. I get very emotional when I lose a client. I love my job and I am good at it.”
“I wake up every day with a desire to serve the person I work for, and see the smile of each person every time I come to each house.”
“I like when I do something for somebody who really needs it.”
“My favorite part of this work is the clients because they become like family. I like the relationships we build. The job offers a lot of gratification. People are very appreciative.”
A little appreciation goes a long way
National Caregivers Day is observed on the third Friday in February and honors all caregivers across the country. National Caregivers Day is the perfect time to acknowledge the dedicated, compassionate people who work as caregivers, but it shouldn’t end there. They spend their time doing what they do best: ensuring our loved ones are safe, making the right meals, preventing falls and giving care and their love to those in need, so it’s important to honor them whenever we can.
From all of us at AHCS: Thank you, caregivers, for your hard work, for being so caring and dedicated, for all you do every day!