caregiver

noun
care·​giv·​er | \ˈker-ˌgi-vər \
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 \ 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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Some beneficiaries are exempt, including pregnant women, the medically frail and primary caregivers. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Judge Blocks Kentucky’s Plan for Work Requirements on Medicaid," 29 June 2018 MacKinnon was Goldstein’s caregiver at a group home operated by Venture Community Services. Jackson Cote, BostonGlobe.com, "Preliminary autopsy results confirm Dedham caregiver died by suicide," 12 July 2018 The agency is now reviewing the cases of all 11,800 children in its custody to determine whether they were separated from caregivers. Bloomberg, Fortune, "Immigrant Children Under 5 Will Be Returned to Parents by Next Week, U.S. Official Says," 5 July 2018 When Isabella began battling stomach cancer several years ago, Dayana became not just her mother’s best friend, but her caregiver. New York Times, "‘It’s Like Each Day Is a Year’: A Migrant Mother’s Wait for a Reunion," 13 July 2018 A few weeks ago, without explanation, another change at the facility jolted Claudia: Heyli’s female caregiver, Miriam, was replaced by a man named Jose. Jay Root And Shannon Najmabadi, star-telegram, "'A very cruel punishment': Family split by 'zero tolerance' won't try to cross again," 10 July 2018 Parents, caregivers, and pediatricians are all partners with the goal of keeping our little ones safe. Rebeca Kimsey Markovich, M.d., miamiherald, "Tips for keeping babies safe while they're sleeping," 2 July 2018 According to the lawsuit, Home Instead Senior Care offered the woman a job as a home caregiver, contingent on the results of a background check and drug screening. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Government sues Towson home care franchise alleging ADA violation," 28 June 2018 Some are likely to have to rely on professional caregivers, who are in short supply and are more expensive than informal arrangements of the past. Leslie Scism, WSJ, "A Generation of Americans Is Entering Old Age the Least Prepared in Decades," 22 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

: 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 \

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 \ noun

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