Believe it or not, many people who provide care to someone they know do not think of themselves as caregivers. In providing the following type of help, you are acting as a caregiver to someone: buying groceries, cooking, cleaning, laundry, making doctor appointments, driving to the doctor, ordering medications, coordinating care, helping someone with showering, dressing or taking medications. Family caregivers are anyone who provides care including a partner/spouse, adult children, parents, other relative, neighbor or friend. Of course, there are also caregivers who are hired by families through agencies to support the family when they are in need of respite or can no longer endure the weight of long term caregiving.
In understanding the role of the caregiver, it is important for people who provide care to identify themselves as a "caregiver" as well as by their relationship to the person (spouse/partner, adult child, sibling, etc.). Mostly because if individuals do not identify themselves as "caregivers", they have a tendency to not seek available resources as readily as they should. Once caregivers identify themselves as such, professionals are in the position of helping family members manage this role.
Some challenges faced by family caregivers are:
Gentle Home Services offers a myriad of non-medical services to assist families in need of private duty home care. Please contact our office with questions about care or resources.