In Home Caregiver Duties: An Overview

This month at CareFamily, we are focusing on the topic of aging in place. In home care can be highly beneficial for the senior, the family, and the caregiver. It’s important for caregivers to be prepared for any kind of position. Below is a clear overview of possible in home caregiver duties.


True to the name, the main responsibility of a companion caregiver is to be present and attentive to the senior. A companion is a friend, a helping hand.

Often, seniors are at home by themselves for a large portion of the day. Having someone around to talk and interact with helps tremendously in relieving stress and passing the hours in a day.

Tip: Whenever possible, try to find out the hobbies and favorite activities of the senior you are caring for. Do what they love to do. Talk about whatever they love to talk about. Your relationship will flourish quickly.

Personal Care

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Personal care is often synonymous with hands-on care. This kind of care often requires some training. It also pays more.

Possible in home caregiver duties in this category include bathing, dressing, toileting, and transferring. Seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia often require personal care and more hours of care overall. A great option for seniors in this situation can be live-in care, during which a caregiver would stay in the home for multiple days at a time. Each day, the caregiver provides care for 8 hours, rests (but is available) for 8 hours, and sleeps for 8 hours.

Tip: Pursue a CNA or LPN license to become much more eligible for higher paying, personal care positions.

Housekeeping, Errands, and Transportation

In both companion and personal care, a caregiver may be asked to provide additional help around the house, with running errands, or with transporting the senior to appointments.

When interviewing for a position, be very clear about what you are and are not able to do. It’s better to be honest upfront if you are not comfortable driving the senior to appointments rather than for the family to assume you will.

Tip: Even if you are not asked to do housekeeping, be sure you pick up after yourself and the senior for whom you are caring. Families love working with caregivers who go above and beyond.

Why You Need to Understand In Home Caregiver Duties

As a caregiver or someone who has the desire to become a caregiver, it’s important to know how to be prepared for the job. Keep this list of possible responsibilities in the back of your mind as you move forward in training and in practice. The more skills you develop over time, the more opportunities you will have in this field.