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a person who cares for someone who is sick or disabled.
an adult who cares for an infant or child.
Contemporary Examples

For Easley, one of the most important steps to helping her husband was learning to legitimize her own position as a caregiver.
When the War Comes Home Sara Stewart October 15, 2014

Over the years the 19-year-old had become all too familiar with her role as caregiver for her mother and her father.
Whitney Houston’s Protective ‘Baby Girl,’ Daughter Bobbi Kristina Allison Samuels February 12, 2012

Stone, the relative, and the children’s caregiver were sued for negligence and wrongful death.
The Militiaman Next Door Mary M. Chapman April 1, 2010

I am a caregiver for my mother with no help from anyone…and it is very hard.
Dad Just Moved In and He’s Driving Me Insane The Daily Beast October 24, 2008

The saga has caused outrage in Italy where the mother now lives and works as a caregiver for an elderly couple in Tuscany.
Italian Woman Says British Doctors Forced Her to Have a C-Section, Took Her Baby Barbie Latza Nadeau and Nico Hines December 4, 2013

The caregiver Fatu had acted fast – the temperature reading on the Thursday night was high.
The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola Sarah Crowe November 4, 2014

Here are some caregiver conversations from a public forum at AgingCare.com.
Dad Just Moved In and He’s Driving Me Insane The Daily Beast October 24, 2008

“Your concern serves no purpose to me,” Georges, caregiver for her mother, tells Eva.
Oscar’s 85-Year-Old Darling: A Talk With Emmanuelle Riva of ‘Amour’ Tracy McNicoll February 14, 2013

Historical Examples

“To care for” seems to require that the caregiver see oneself as caring person reflected in the other (Watson, 1987).
Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin

In the empathic paradigm, the subjectivity of the other is “assumed to be as whole and valid as that of the caregiver” (p. 68).
Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin

(US & Canadian) a person who has accepted responsibility for looking after a vulnerable neighbour or relative Also called carer

by 1974, from care (n.) + giver. It has, in many senses, the same meaning as care-taker, which ought to be its antonym.

caregiver care·giv·er (kâr’gĭv’ər)

An individual, such as a physician, nurse, or social worker, who assists in the identification, prevention, or treatment of an illness or disability.

An individual, such as a parent, foster parent, or head of a household, who attends to the needs of a child or dependent adult.


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