There is no one “job description” that explains what all caregivers do. Each caregiver’s responsibilities vary according to the unique needs of the stroke survivor. This may require several adjustments. Role changes and new skills may need to be learned. Common responsibilities of caregiving include:
- Providing physical help with personal care and transportation.
- Managing financial, legal and business affairs.
- Monitoring behavior to ensure safety.
- Managing housework and meal preparation.
- Coordinating health care and monitoring medications.
- Helping the survivor maintain learned rehab skills and work to improve them.
- Providing emotional support for the stroke survivor and family members.- Encouraging the stroke survivor to be as independent as possible.