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    Thumbs up a full time home caretaker?

    Hi there.

    Is it correct to call someone a full time home caretaker, at least in the States, if they are spending most of the time taking care of a patient at the patient's home?

    Any better suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: a full time home caretaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi there.

    Is it correct to call someone a full time home caretaker, at least in the States, if they are spending most of the time taking care of a patient at the patient's home?

    Any better suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.
    Hi, nefertiti!

    A better suggestion might be a full-time caregiver instead of a full time caretaker. (Don't forget to place a hyphen between full and time.)

    Cheers,
    Amigos4

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    Default Re: a full time home caretaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Hi, nefertiti!

    A better suggestion might be a full-time caregiver instead of a full time caretaker. (Don't forget to place a hyphen between full and time.)

    Cheers,
    Amigos4
    I agree. A caretaker is usually someone who looks after the building, not someone who gives care to a person in the building.

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    Default Re: a full time home caretaker?

    In the UK, we also use the term 'carer'; do you have it in the USA?

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    In the UK, we also use the term 'carer'; do you have it in the USA?
    Hi, Tdol!

    No, I have never heard 'carer' used to describe a caregiver. The proper name for full-time caregivers should be 'saint'!

    Cheers,
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