Caregiver Job Description Template

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Written by Alexa Davidson, MSN, RN Content Writer, IntelyCare
A caregiver spends quality time with an elderly nursing home resident.

If you’re responsible for staffing a long-term facility, you know the importance of maintaining safe staffing levels. It’s essential to have enough direct-care staff to care for patients and residents and uphold CMS standards. If nurses and CNAs in your facility need extra support, consider adding caregivers to the direct care team. The care they provide can reduce the burden on the nursing staff and improve care for patients or residents.

Getting qualified candidates into your facility starts with a customized caregiver job description. You can get a sense of what qualities other employers are looking for by checking out caregiver job listings on our job board. Once you’ve found a pool of qualified candidates, targeted caregiver interview questions will help you find the right fit. Read what to put in your job posting to get candidates into your positions today. The following job description tips and template will help you get started.


Tips: In the introductory section of your caregiver job description, provide a brief description of the role. In general, caregiver job titles are used to describe someone who provides physical and emotional support to older adults. Caregivers often work in the homecare setting as companions or home health aides. If you’re hiring for long-term care, set clear expectations for the transition into a healthcare facility.

For example, most caregivers have a baseline knowledge of assisting with activities of daily living (ADLs), but may not be formally trained on healthcare topics like HIPAA compliance or preventing healthcare-acquired conditions. Include language that encourages candidates to apply even if they don’t have healthcare experience. With the proper training, a professional caregiver will be qualified to care for patients or residents in your facility.

Template: Ready to take your caregiver career to the next level? Come join our dynamic team in a fast-paced healthcare setting. Under the direction of a licensed nurse or physician, the caregiver provides hands-on care to assisted living and dementia care residents. Experience in a healthcare facility is preferred but not required — all candidates with caregiver experience are encouraged to apply!


Tips: Now that the potential candidate has an idea of what to expect in the role, maintain their interest by highlighting all the benefits of joining your team. Include perks like schedule flexibility, work-life balance, and compensation.


  • Competitive pay
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Retirement options
  • 6-month retention bonus
  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid time off
  • Paid family leave
  • Tuition assistance
  • Continuing education stipend
  • Track scheduling available so you can plan your life out in advance and maintain a healthy work-life balance

Caregiver Duties and Responsibilities

Tips: After reading the job posting, a potential candidate should be able to answer, “What are five responsibilities of caregivers?” In this section, describe the caregiver job requirements at your facility.

Template: Our caregivers at the Senior Living Center go above and beyond the call of duty to make residents comfortable and safe in their home-away-from-home. When you join our team, you’ll build your skillset by being responsible for:

  • Personal care/hygiene
  • Lifting, turning, and assisting patients with mobility
  • Meal preparation
  • Light housework, including laundry and room clean-up
  • Providing emotional and physical support
  • Encouraging residents to participate in activities
  • Caring for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia needs
  • Maintaining HIPAA compliance
  • Documenting care in the computerized charting system
  • Reporting abnormal findings to the nursing team

Compensation and Shifts

Tips: You’re offering caregivers an opportunity to grow their careers by gaining a unique skill set at your facility. A career transition can be intimidating, especially for caregivers coming from a homecare setting. Keep this in mind as you describe the compensation and shifts — potential candidates want to be sure the risk is worth the reward.

The average pay for caregivers is $14.15 per hour. Set your caregiver job description apart from the rest by offering competitive pay that reflects career advancement.


  • Earn up to $16 an hour
  • Day, night, or evening shifts available
  • Five 8-hour shifts between Sunday-Saturday
  • No on-call requirements
  • Get paid weekly

Caregiver Qualifications and Skills

Tips: Explain the facility-specific skills and qualifications in this part of the job description for caregivers. Describe what makes your facility unique, such as a skill set that goes beyond the typical duties of a caregiver for the elderly.

The reader should know what certifications are necessary prior to employment as a caregiver in your state. Some states require certification from a national accrediting body for caregivers. Check the requirements in your state before writing your job posting.


  • High school diploma
  • Caregiver certification
  • Background check
  • Drug screen
  • CPR certification

Call to Action

Tips: The reader’s made it to the end of your job description, so it’s time to keep the momentum going. Encourage the potential candidate to take the next step and apply for the position, and be sure to make it clear how to do this.

Template: Advance your career today by joining a team of passionate and skilled care providers at the Senior Living Center. Click on the link below to submit an application today.

Start Filling Caregiver Positions at Your Facility Today

Now that you have the tools to create a caregiver job description that produces high-quality candidates, it’s time to start filling positions. Not sure where to look for potential candidates? Reach more than 1 million qualified nursing professionals by posting your open positions on IntelyCare’s job board.

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