With an increasingly aging population in all developed societies, the role of family caregiver has been increasingly recognized as an important one, both functionally and economically.
Caregivers are referred to as Family Caregivers, Informal Caregivers, Carers and many other names … but they are all doing the same thing:
Definition – “provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner”. You are a Caregiver if you are….
- Performing tasks to help with shopping, cooking, errands, making or receiving telephone calls, transportation to medical appointments, paying bills, medication management, or home maintenance and repairs.
- Providing personal care such as bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding or laundry.
- Changing roles and beginning to think of your care receiver as depending on you for making decisions for them regarding health care, finances, etc.
- Seeking assistance and formal services of others to stay with or provide care for your care receiver.
- Arranging/coordinating outside services.
- Considering changes in your work or living arrangements such as relocating or adjusting your work schedule to allow you more time with your care receiver.
- Considering long term care placement such as trying to make a decision about a nursing home and how involved you can be day-by-day.
- Coping with loss and dealing with difficult adjustments in your relationship.