Caregivers provide 21 hours of care each week, on average. However, many provide over 40 hours of care in a week. People can be caregivers for different lengths of time, from providing occasional irregular help, to being in a situation that lasts over 5 years. The average length of time that one provides care is 4.3 years, but the length of time depends on the unique situation of the care recipient, and the resources of the caregiver. Many caregivers have some kind of help from another friend or family member, but up to one-third handle all the care-giving responsibilities on their own. Continue reading
Caregiving can happen to anyone, at any time.
Some people become caregivers overnight, in response to a health crisis of a loved one. For others, it can be a gradual process, beginning with basic tasks such as helping with grocery shopping, and developing into more complicated tasks as the care recipient’s health or abilities decline. Caregivers can live with care recipients, or provide assistance from hundreds of miles away. Some caregivers still work, while others have left the labor force to provide care. Some are spouses, nieces and nephews, or daughters, while others are neighbors down the street. How many caregivers do you know in your own family or community? Continue reading
Caregivers and Who They Are is a seven-part series of blogs, created to discuss caregivers, who they are and what they do. This series will help people understand the realities of caregivers. Some of the topics will focus on how to identify caregivers, and to help readers understand what kinds of things caregivers do for their loved ones.
What we will discover
- Learn about caregivers and the work they do.
- Understand the realities associated with this work and role.
- Think about how this pertains to you.