A caregiver provides assistance in
meeting the daily needs of another person. Caregivers
can be paid
have had training and education in providing care. This may include
services from home health agencies and other trained professionals.
care usually without being
an aging parent, spouse, other relative, or unrelated person, or for an ill, or disabled
person, often in
tasks may include transportation, grocery shopping, housework, preparing meals.
It may also involvehelp
with getting dressed, getting out of bed,
to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the National Alliance for
Caregiving (NAC), estimates of more than 43.5million
Americans serve as informal caregivers either to a child with special needs or an adult
who lives in the community and needs help.
are related to the care recipient with about a third caring for a parent. The average
age of a caregiver is 49. Most caregivers are women
but men also serve as caregivers.
also a myth that most of the elderly are cared for in nursing homes in the U.S.
Most long-term care is provided by family and friends in the home. Only
live in a nursing home or an assisted-living facility.
unfortunate that experts estimate that 1.3 million to 1.4 million
children, ages 8 to 18, care for an adult relative. Three-fourths of these children care
for a parent or grandparent. Their responsibilities may range from bathing, dressing,
assisting with mobility, preparing meals, dispensing medicines, and communicating with