What is a caregiver?
Why do we need a movement to build caregiver awareness, appreciation and assistance?
Hope Grows defines the caregiver as anyone providing unpaid care to dependent children, spouses, parents, siblings, relatives, friends, or neighbors. Caregiving can include personal care, physical help, emotional or social support, behavioral support, assistance with activities of daily living, assistance accessing services, and financial help.
In any or all of these scenarios, caregivers are often left to feel overwhelmed, burned out, and isolated. Statistics show that a significant portion of America’s 44 million+ caregivers are experiencing physical, mental, emotional, and financial challenges as a result.
- The number of caregivers and the need for at-home family caregiving are increasing.
- Caregiver burnout and mortality rates are increasing.
- The number of trustworthy, affordable, professional or semi-professional caretakers available for work is decreasing.
- The systemic complexities of caregiving are becoming more challenging.
The time for awareness, appreciation, and assistance is NOW.