caregiver

noun
care·​giv·​er | \ ˈker-ˌgi-vər How to pronounce caregiver (audio) \
plural caregivers

Definition of caregiver

: a person who provides direct care (as for children, elderly people, or the chronically ill) The care of a patient with Alzheimer's Disease or a related disorder can be a physical, emotional and financial drain on the family caregiver.— Diane Duquette Ascioti Each child was rated by at least one parent. Questionnaires completed by another significant caregiver (teacher or daycare provider) were available on 85% of the sample …— Alan E. Kazdin et al. You probably can imagine the difficulty a caregiver can have getting an immobile patient into a whirlpool.— Paul G. Donahue

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Other Words from caregiver

caregiving \ ˈker-​ˌgi-​viŋ How to pronounce caregiving (audio) \ noun
… researchers have repeatedly documented the psychiatric and physical health effects of family caregiving. — Richard Schulz et al. Many readers … had their own stories of being treated badly at work because of caregiving duties. — Sue Shellenbarger One of the most significant ways you can help animals, educate yourself about the joys and heartbreaks of caregiving and earn untold psychic rewards is to volunteer at a shelter. — Wendy Christensen

Synonyms for caregiver

Synonyms

carer, caretaker, guardian

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Examples of caregiver in a Sentence

When she got sick her husband became her primary caregiver. he could no longer keep up his role as caregiver for his sick wife

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Like Cannady, about 91 percent of kinship caregivers are grandparents. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 The foundation focuses on projects to benefit children, young adults, working-class families, caregivers and livable communities. Corey Williams, The Seattle Times, "Wilson Foundation helping remake parks in Detroit, Buffalo," 16 Oct. 2018 Police say the caregiver is being questioned and police are trying to contact the parents of the child. Fox News, "Body of girl, 2, found partially buried in Philadelphia park," 16 Oct. 2018 These caregivers are often family members who devote their time to changing adult diapers, making sure medications get taken as prescribed, and other labors of love. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "No More Union Skimming," 17 July 2018 The work requirements will not apply to pregnant women, full-time students, former foster care youth, primary caregivers of children and the elderly and full-time students. CBS News, "Kentucky is first state to get federal OK for Medicaid work requirement," 12 Jan. 2018 Tracy Schroeder signed an agreement Sept. 1 with South Carolina Department of Social Services officials to be the primary caregiver of Lillian, an arrest warrant against Tracy Schroeder states. Andrew Dys, charlotteobserver, "First girlfriend, now grandmother charged in beating death of 3-year old in Lancaster | Charlotte Observer," 8 Jan. 2018 The data came from about 5,000 parents and caregivers, who answered questions on behalf of their children. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Your Kids Are Probably Using Too Much Toothpaste, And It’s Hurting Their Teeth," 6 Feb. 2019 Children most often end up in dependency court following allegations of abuse, abandonment or neglect by their parents or caregivers. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Washington Supreme Court rules kids don’t have a right to a lawyer in dependency hearings," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of caregiver

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of caregiver was in 1886

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caregiver

noun

English Language Learners Definition of caregiver

US : a person who gives help and protection to someone (such as a child, an old person, or someone who is sick)

caregiver

noun
care·​giv·​er | \ -ˌgiv-ər How to pronounce caregiver (audio) \

Medical Definition of caregiver

: a person who provides direct care (as for children, elderly people, or the chronically ill) parents and other caregivers

Other Words from caregiver

caregiving \ -​iŋ How to pronounce caregiving (audio) \ noun

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