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 According to The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP one in five Americans are a caregiver for an ill or disabled family member. Ann Gorewitz, USA TODAY, "'I'm not OK but I'm doing the best I can': Caregivers face impossible challenges during COVID," 20 Mar. 2021 Sarah opening up about leaving her broadcast journalism job to be a caregiver for her father. oregonlive, "‘The Bachelor’ 2021: Portland-area bachelorettes try to survive group date, Victoria’s antics (recap)," 12 Jan. 2021 Topics include: communication techniques, caregiver support, benefits of activities, family dynamics and safety issues., "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 24 Dec. 2020 Hilarity for Charity put on an online game show for Alzheimer’s education, prevention and caregiver support. Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times, "Charities are getting creative during COVID-19. The unexpected ways some are staying afloat," 26 Nov. 2020 Three people have been charged with murder in the June killing of a 44-year-old man whom one of the three was a caregiver for, according to Chicago police. Liam Ford,, "3 charged with murder in killing involving caregiver neglect in Englewood," 25 Nov. 2020 But unlike most other eighth-graders, Rhianna is a caregiver, tending to her dad between her virtual classes. Los Angeles Times, "Child caregivers often go it alone, and their ranks have swelled during the pandemic," 18 Mar. 2021 She is paid $10 an hour and has been a home caregiver for 23 years. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Here's what hourly workers and small business owners think of a $15 minimum wage," 9 Mar. 2021 Curfman, who is also a caregiver to her Down syndrome child, got an appointment for the vaccine this weekend. Glenn Howatt, Star Tribune, "Minnesota family caregivers turned away for the COVID-19 vaccine despite being eligible," 4 Mar. 2021

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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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14 Apr 2021

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“Caregiver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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)


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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