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 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

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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 victim lost several thousand dollars before a caregiver realized what was happening. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Juveniles arrested after armed robberies: Westlake Police Blotter," 14 Mar. 2020 The most recent violation against the school and daycare was allegedly in December when it was discovered that a caregiver who worked there had not gone through the proper background checks. Jon Haworth, ABC News, "School with numerous violations permanently closes after 5-year-old dies under their care," 10 Mar. 2020 The cost of a full-time caregiver is on average $40,320 a year; if a rare-disease patient reaches the average US life expectancy of 78 years old, the lifetime cost of full-time care is at least $3 million. Lynsey Chediak, Time, "The Bad Economics of the U.S. Health Care System Shows Up Starkly in its Approach to Rare Diseases," 29 Feb. 2020 These are examples of things that a caregiver will never observe without the eyes of others. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Woman abandoned as a child needs to set boundaries with birth mother," 28 Feb. 2020 Structural factors are those that have little to do with individual will or behavior and are difficult to change, like a family not having enough money for the bus fare, or a sick caregiver not being able to take their child to school. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Some toddlers are chronically absent from preschool. A text message can help," 13 Jan. 2020 Regardless of the exact dynamics in her personal life, the song — which weaves in experiences about being adopted and yet growing up knowing her birth mother — is relatable to nearly anyone with a relationship to a primary caregiver and a body. Allure, "Musician Lucy Dacus Opens Up About Body Image, Her Moms, and More in New Interview," 24 Apr. 2019 The agency also recommends these masks for caregivers of people infected with the virus. Mandy Oaklander, Time, "Health Experts Are Telling Healthy People Not to Wear Face Masks for Coronavirus. So Why Are So Many Doing It?," 4 Mar. 2020 Ask around; there’s probably one for family caregivers, too. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: A caregiver fears the emotional roller coaster is about to derail," 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of caregiver

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Caregiver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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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 caregiving (audio) \ noun

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