Who is a Caregiver?
Many people take on the role of a family caregiver.
Family caregivers are people who take care of a loved one at home, in a long term care facility, or long distance. Many believe that to care for a loved one means living with them in the home, but that is not the case. Caregivers are those who run errands, pick up medications, or do daily phone calls to check up on their loved one.
Becoming a family caregiver can happen quickly when a loved one is suddenly unable to take care of themselves, or slowly over time as one ages or faces a long-term illness. A caregiver often has to become a health care advocate for their loved one as well as dealing with every day responsibilities. The care may be required for a variety of reasons or a combination of reasons including: physical disability, advanced age, illness or a mental or emotional need.
The role of a caregiver can be stressful and physically trying. CAREgivers by Active Generations can help by providing free resources and assistance for both your needs and your loved one’s.
A family caregiver could be a:
- Family member
- Adult children