Who is the Caregiver?
Hope Grows defines the caregiver as anyone providing a wide range of unpaid care to dependent children, spouses, parents, siblings, relatives, friends, or neighbors.
Caregiving can include personal care, physical help, emotional or social support, behavior support, assistance with activities of daily living, assistance accessing services, and financial help.
Caregivers assume responsibility for providing care for someone, along with the physical and emotional stress this entails. Caregivers do not always identify as “caregivers” at the onset of the role.
- An estimated 65.7 million Americans are caring for someone at any given moment of the day.
- 14.1 million of these Americans are children.
- Pennsylvania accounts for the 5th highest caregiver population in the country.