Nanny or Caregiver, how they can help you?

Let’s first define what the difference is between a nanny and a caregiver. The difference is strictly semantics – a nanny is a caregiver but is in charge of children. When we say caregiver we mean a person who takes care of elderly, disabled or handicapped people of any age.

In-Home Nannies care for children in the employer’s residence and provide for their health and physical and social development performing some or all of the following duties:

  • Supervise and care for children in the employer’s residence and may reside in the employer’s home.
  • Bathe, dress and feed infants and children.
  • Prepare formulas and change diapers for infants.
  • Oversee children’s activities, such as meals and rest periods, as instructed by the employer.
  • Instruct children in personal hygiene and social development.
  • Tend to the emotional well-being of the children.
  • Discipline children according to the methods requested by the parents.
  • Organize and participate in activities such as games, crafts, reading and outings to provide amusement and exercise.
  • Plan, prepare and serve meals for children and may perform other housekeeping duties.
  • Take children to and from school and to appointments.
  • Maintain a healthy environment in the home.
  • Observe children and prepare reports for home care or babysitting agency.
  • May be required to keep records of daily activities and health information regarding each child.

In-Home caregivers care for elderly or disabled adults or children in the employer’s residence and provide for their health, physical and social development, performing some or all of the following duties:

  • Provide elderly and convalescent clients with companionship and personal care in client’s home under general direction of home care agency supervisor or family members.
  • Assist with activities of daily living: grooming, bathing, dressing, and toileting.
  • Assist with feeding the client, providing the client can still independently swallow and be positioned upright.
  • Assist with general skin care, when skin is unbroken and when any chronic skin problems are not active.
  • Provide socialization, conversation and emotional reassurance to the client.
  • Encourage and participate in reading, appropriate games, and other activities to promote well-being and stimulate the mind and the spirit.
  • Encourage, monitor and assist with meal preparation and fluids.
  • Encourage mild exercise program.
  • Provide timely medication reminders and observe client for compliance in taking medication.
  • Supervise the safety of the client while he/she is toileting, bathing and dressing.
  • Assist with home management as authorized by the client, client’s family, client’s legal representative, or licensed professional; i.e., assist client in paying bills, monitoring food expirations, ordering/shopping for groceries/home supplies, and monitoring home repair as needed.
  • Take care of pets and water the plants.
  • Provide incidental transportation to scheduled appointments, shopping and errands.
  • Assist with mail and supervise deliveries to the client.

Both In-Home Nannies and Caregivers may perform routine housekeeping duties such as laundry, washing dishes and making beds, plan and prepare meals independently or with the employer, and may serve meals. However remember that the nannies and caregivers are not housekeepers and childcare or eldercare is always a priority for them.