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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Parents and caregivers from all walks of life find ways to support their children’s growth and development. Kelly Chandler-olcott, The Conversation, "What advice articles miss about ‘summer loss’," 10 June 2019 Attendees gain access to medical news and updates on clinical research as well as innovative strategies and resources for caregivers. Lee Ann Moyer | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "National Alzheimer’s education tour will stop in Portland for free one-day conference," 4 June 2019 Some caregivers are more informed about libido or feel more comfortable talking about it than others, Dr. Castellanos says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How to Know If You Should Talk to Someone About a Low Sex Drive," 22 May 2019 In contrast, Washington spends about $31 million a year on programs and financial support for kinship caregivers. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 There are more general resources for caregivers today. Beth Kassab, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Caregivers need to focus on themselves too — and ask for help," 11 July 2018 At the same time, the caregiver emerges from Mom's room with a question for me. Jill Gleeson, Good Housekeeping, "I Don’t Need Meditation Apps. I Need Real, Genuine Solitude.," 14 Jan. 2019 Snowline also offers music therapy and volunteers who provide respite to caregivers. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "This type of care can sharply reduce medical costs, so why aren't doctors ordering it?," 25 June 2018 Needless to say…though the end result was not the most pleasant, the caregiver couldn’t help but laugh about it. Sarina Barker, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Notes from a Social Worker: (Bleep) happens!," 21 June 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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