Who is the Caregiver?
A family caregiver is anyone providing a wide range of unpaid care to dependent children, spouses, parents, siblings, relatives, friends, or neighbors. Responsibilities can include, but not limited to personal care, physical help, emotional/social/behavioral support, assistance with activities of daily living, assistance accessing services, and financial help.
Caregivers assume responsibility for providing care for someone. The role starts with picking up meds for mom or taking dad to the doctor and as the demands increase, so does the physical and emotional stress. Caregivers often do not identify as a ‘caregiver’ in the early onset of the role. However, juggling work/family schedules, experiencing increased responsibilities of providing care, having limited time for self, and lack of finances for replacement care begins to wreak havoc on mind, body, and spirit of the caregiver.