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What to Expect When Becoming a Caregiver

Caregiving is a rewarding job that requires high levels of compassion, patience, and communication. Typical caregiving duties may include providing companionship, administering medication, and assisting in daily activities like personal care, mealtime, running errands, etc. Here are a few important things to consider when becoming a caregiver in Massachusetts.

Physical Requirements

Because caregiving is a hands-on job, it is critical that all caregivers receive the clearance of their physician to begin working. In most places, caregivers are required to be at least 18 years old and in good physical and mental health. Caregivers must take care of themselves before taking care of someone else.

Pass a Background Check

Certified caregivers must pass a background check before working in order to ensure they have no criminal record. Most caregiving clients would not feel comfortable being cared for by someone with a criminal background.

Relationship to Client

In most states, caregivers legally cannot be the spouse or legal guardian of the person receiving care. However, they can be a relative, friend, neighbor, or community member. 

Ensuring Safety and Health

Caregivers must always be on the lookout for their clients’ health and safety. Depending on the individual’s care plan, caregivers may be providing care at any hour of the day. Caregiving clients are often elderly and/or disabled and will require extra help with daily activities. Different clients may be more or less independent and able to perform tasks on their own, but caregivers must always provide supervision and assistance when necessary. Because clients may be more prone to accidents and injuries, it is imperative that caregivers are always keeping their health and safety in mind.

Although caregiving can be a tiring job, it is an essential need in society. Caregivers have the potential to change lives for the better, from simply providing companionship to performing necessary medical care. Caregivers can feel proud of their work knowing that they are making a difference in the lives of others.

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