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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caregiving \ ˈker-​ˌgi-​viŋ How to pronounce caregiver (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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The payments are similar to traditional child support, in which a parent pays the primary caregiver of their child until that child becomes a legal adult at 18. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 21 Apr. 2022 Going through what Rebecca's going through with regards to her Alzheimer's diagnosis, and Miguel being that primary caregiver, that part of the love story. Karen Mizoguchi,, 8 Mar. 2022 About 19,000 West Virginia children live in households with a grandparent as primary caregiver, according to the Healthy Grandfamilies organization. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2021 Mealback suffered from health issues that caused seizures, and Martin became his unofficial caregiver, driving him to and from doctor appointments. Carol Robinson |, al, 6 Oct. 2021 When grandparents spend time at senior centers even their caregiver’s quality of life can be positively impacted, one study found. Anchorage Daily News, 22 Apr. 2022 Over the year and a half between Johnny’s diagnosis and his death, Klári was his unflagging caregiver. Katie Hafner, Scientific American, 21 Apr. 2022 This style may more often be formed when a child can approach a parent for soothing and can be comforted by their caregiver. Allure, 21 Mar. 2022 More than 206,800 children in the US have lost their primary caregiver to Covid, and advocates are also pushing for programs to address their needs. Jen Christensen, CNN, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of caregiver

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Caregiver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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 caregiver (audio) \ noun

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