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

Synonyms for caregiver


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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Compassion fatigue is a condition that frequently affects caregivers and health-care professionals. Kathleen Rooney,, "Amanda Goldblatt pens affecting cancer story turned adventure tale in ‘Hard Mouth'," 9 Aug. 2019 The event seeks to unite cancer survivors, volunteers, and community members to celebrate canine caregivers, Yarrington said. Jenny She, Detroit Free Press, "Run, walk, even drink with dogs to benefit cancer research," 31 July 2019 Our program, Adult Family Care, helps caregivers follow the best practices on medication management, and also provides regular training on the topic. San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 tips for helping family caregivers manage medications," 18 July 2019 Virtual simulations that incorporate AI are making their way into medical training programs across the country, placing caregivers in the role of patients or having them interact in their real-life roles with virtual patients. Aili Mcconnon, WSJ, "Virtual Simulations Offer a Cure to Doctors’ Poor Bedside Manner," 1 Apr. 2019 While some large national sitter sites do have a check box for those willing to work with children with special needs, no other site is as laser-focused on providing caregivers for special needs children, Maher said. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Indy mom's website helps match skilled sitters with parents of special needs children," 8 June 2018 The second most common check fraud is the nanny or caregiver scam. Melissa Ramsey, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Seniors: Fake check fraud can create financial headaches," 16 Aug. 2019 Last month, zoo caregivers took the 2-year-old tiger, clocking in at 240 pounds, to MedVet Cincinnati on Red Bank Road for the testing. Anne Saker,, "Caturday news: Cincinnati Zoo tiger Chira has seizures, so she gets an MRI," 12 July 2019 Sharon Radom, who died in 2014, had severe multiple sclerosis, needed caregiver assistance and was often confused and unaware of her surroundings. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Claim: My husband helped attorney Mike Morse hide MRI center money," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of caregiver

1886, in the meaning defined above

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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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