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What is Paid Caregiving?

 

Depending on the needs of the employer, a Paid Caregiver may provide assistance in one or many of the following activities:

  • Assisting with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, and helping the person to transfer in and out of a wheelchair or in and out of bed
  • Preparing meals and doing household chores
  • Assisting the person by reminding them to take medications, helping to arrange social activities, assisting with paperwork or by making phone calls
  • Providing transportation into the community for recreation or shopping
  • Helping the employer get ready for work
  • Driving the employer to work and assisting during the day
  • Providing companionship
  • Providing supervision for a child or an adult while their primary unpaid caregiver (often family) is unavailable
  • Care may be provided at the home of the person receiving services, at the home of the Paid Caregiver, or may occur in the community

 

Who would be a good Paid Caregiver?

A person who would be a good Paid Caregiver (also known as a personal care attendant (PCA) is:

  • Over the age of 18
  • Patient and has common sense
  • A good listener
  • Open-minded, flexible and easygoing
  • Someone who believes that individuals with disabilities and older Vermonters are entitled to the same support, respect, and quality of life as everyone else
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