The Different Ways that People Give Back

Though all Caregivers have the common desire to help others, sometimes the similarities stop there. There are a variety of Caregiver roles covering a wide range of industries. In the non-medical care industry alone, there are several types of Caregivers. At Griswold, Caregivers focus on providing non-medical services to the elderly, sick, injured and disabled in the comfort of their homes.

The most common type of Caregiver is the family Caregiver: someone who takes care of a family member without pay. The other types are professional, independent, private, informal, and volunteer Caregivers. Below we have brief descriptions of each to give you an idea of what these jobs are like and what their daily responsibilities entail.

Family Caregiver

A family Caregiver is a relative who provides emotional, financial, physical, social, homemaking, and other support for a loved one at home. Most family Caregivers volunteer their time, without pay, to help support a loved one.

Professional Caregiver

A professional Caregiver is hired to provide care. These Caregivers can provide medical or non-medical care in the home or a facility. Their role is to help the client or patient live as independently as possible. Professional Caregivers work for an agency, and the care recipient hires the agency to provide care.

Independent Caregiver

The term independent caregiver describes a Care Professional who does not work for an agency. An independent Caregiver is employed directly by the family. There is no intermediary agency between the care recipient and the Caregiver.

Private Duty Caregiver

A private duty Caregiver can provide a broad range of services, from medical and nursing care to bill paying and transportation services. Their goal is to provide whatever the senior and their family needs for them to remain independent in their own homes. These Caregivers can work for 3rd party agencies or independently.

Informal Caregiver

An informal Caregiver, typically a family friend or neighbor, provides care to someone with whom they have a personal relationship. This differs slightly from a family Caregiver in that an informal Caregiver is typically not directly related to the care recipient. Most of the time, this role is unpaid.

Volunteer Caregiver

A volunteer Caregiver usually works in either respite or hospice care. A volunteer provides breaks for someone caring for an adult who is frail or has a disability, illness, or injury. They provide non-medical companionship, supervision, and a friendly new face for a person with special needs so that the Caregiver has some much-needed time away.

A volunteer is commonly perceived by hospice care recipients and families as ordinary members of their local community. This relationship provides a feeling of normalcy for them, their families, and friends.

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*The Griswold service model varies depending on which state the office is in. In some states, our service is solely to refer thoroughly screened professional caregivers. In other states, we employ and supervise the caregivers. In every state, we're 100% focused on quality services and responsiveness to your needs. For each office, you'll see its service model and learn how we can best help you and your family with your home care needs. (See item 7 and item 19 of our current FDD for additional information.)