caregiver

noun care·giv·er \ ˈker-ˌgi-vər \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of caregiver

plural caregivers
: 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

caregiving

play \ˈker-ˌgi-viŋ\ 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

Examples of caregiver in a Sentence

  1. When she got sick her husband became her primary caregiver.

  2. he could no longer keep up his role as caregiver for his sick wife

Recent Examples of caregiver from the Web

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First Known Use of caregiver

1886


CAREGIVER Defined for English Language Learners

caregiver

noun

Definition of caregiver for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

caregiver

noun care·giv·er \ -ˌgiv-ər \

medical Definition of caregiver

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

caregiving

play \-iŋ\ noun


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