Task List for Elderly Care Caregivers

Published: 11th December 2009
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In home elderly care agencies provide non-medical elderly care to those who need additional help with their daily routine. When you work with a quality elderly care agency these services are provided by a qualified professional who goes through a screening and training process.

Elderly care caregiver agencies usually require a minimum of 3 to 4 hours of elderly care per visit to begin. Many elderly care agencies will begin services with one visit per week, knowing that seniors are sometimes resistant to start care. Typically a senior who is resistant to elderly care will be open to more hours of service once they experience the benefits of an elderly care caregiver's visits. Elderly care home care agencies will ask clients to commit to a regularly weekly schedule, in order to staff a qualified, consistent elderly care caregiver. It is acceptable to change the hours after your initial start-up, as often the real needs are exposed after the elderly care caregiver has started services.

One you have decided on an appropriate schedule and it may be after a trial and error process, elderly care services vary depending on your needs. Listed below are elderly care services and possible task list.

Task List for Elderly Care Caregivers:

  • Assist with walking and light exercise

  • Plan and prepare meals, followed by clean-up

  • Monitor food expiration dates, make future meals

  • Make beds and change linens, as needed

  • Light housekeeping to include dusting and vacuuming

  • Assist with bathing, dressing and grooming

  • Laundry

  • Take out garbage

  • Run errands (pickup prescriptions, dry cleaning)

  • Engage in physical and mental exercises

  • Provide medication reminders

  • Escort on appointments (hair salon, physical therapy, etc.)

  • Escort to religious services or events

  • Maintain calendar and organize mail

  • Engage in activities (games, memory books)

  • Companionship

  • Record daily care notes

  • Report any significant client changes to the Agency office


Linda Dunkelberger is a freelance writer and editor. The article "Task List for Elderly Care Caregivers" lists services provides by elderly care caregivers. Visiting Angels (www.visitingangels.com) provides assisted living services and in home elderly care services in homes across America.

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