What is a caregiver?

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Caregivers are people who take care of other adults, most often parents or spouses, who are ill or disabled. The people who receive care usually need help with basic daily tasks. Caregivers help with many things such as:

  • Grocery shopping

  • House cleaning

  • Cooking

  • Shopping

  • Paying bills

  • Giving medicine

  • Toileting

  • Bathing

  • Dressing

  • Eating

Usually caregivers take care of elderly people. Less often, caregivers are grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The terms informal caregiver and family caregiver refer to people who are not paid to provide care. As the American population ages, the number of caregivers and the demands placed on them will grow.

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Caregiving - Experience Question: Please describe your experience with a caregiver.
Caregiving - Paying for Home Health Care Question: What home health care arrangements have been made for you or a relative? Please share your experience.
Caregiving - Stress Prevention or Relief Question: As a caregiver, how do you deal with stress or isolation? Please share tips or suggestions.
Caregiving - Respite Care Question: Are you a caregiver who has received time off? Discuss how that worked and who provided the respite care.