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 Monday was also the first anniversary of the death of Buttigieg's father, University of Notre Dame Professor Joseph Buttigieg, which the candidate noted several times when talking about healthcare and his plans to boost long-term caregivers. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Pete Buttigieg downplays lacking minority support: 'Even African American candidates struggle' in the South," 28 Jan. 2020 Many qualified overnight caregivers don't have these degrees, so the International Nanny Association has adopted a new term for people who perform these duties and aren't nurses: Newborn Care Specialist, or NCS. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What Is a Night Nurse? We Have Answers for Parents Too Exhausted to Do the Research," 23 Jan. 2020 There were all of the times that a friend just missed meeting Chaya’s caregivers. Dvora Meyers, Longreads, "The Disease of Deceit," 17 Jan. 2020 This lack of professional awareness has significant safety implications: face-blind children can easily become lost on school trips or may approach the wrong caregiver at pickup. Sarah Bate, Scientific American, "New Promise for Those Who Suffer from Face Blindness," 26 Dec. 2019 When not active, the WHO encourages caregivers to read and tell stories with the child. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Explosive growth in screen use by toddlers, studies say," 25 Nov. 2019 Frequent arguments between the caregiver and vulnerable adult. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Isolation, unusual depression and other signs of vulnerable adult abuse," 21 Jan. 2020 Another firm, Swift Shift, uses algorithms to connect nurses and caregivers to home-care opportunities, matching them by preference including patient location, condition, gender and age. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Health-Care Workers Have the Side-Job Bug," 21 Jan. 2020 One reason, it is believed, is that there sometimes is confusion among caregivers where living arrangements are complicated: did the parent or the grandparent report the child on their census form? Rich Exner, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County, Cleveland among local governments laying groundwork for a complete 2020 census count; here’s why," 20 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 18 Feb. 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

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caregiving \ -​iŋ How to pronounce caregiving (audio) \ noun

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