Chances are you already are or will someday be a caregiver to someone you love. The majority of caregivers are family caregivers who volunteer their time and effort. Caregiving means taking care of another person with special medical and emotional needs. Caregivers also provide company and support. Whether you provide around-the-clock care, or just help your aging parents with day-to-day tasks, you’re a caregiver.
Most family caregivers are middle-aged and many are women. Family caregiving is common among all ethnic groups and economic levels. Understanding the challenges of caregiving can help you prepare for it, and ensure your loved one receives the best care possible.