ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES IN THE FIELD OF CAREGIVING ONCE said, “There are only four kinds of people in this world:
• those who have been caregivers,
• those who currently are caregivers,
• those who will be caregivers, and
• those who will need caregivers.”
Family (also called informal or lay) caregivers are individuals who provide care for chronically ill or disabled relatives or friends. Their contributions can range from less than an hour or two per day to round-the-clock care. They provide services such as grocery shopping; cooking; financial management; errands; housework; transportation; administration of medications, including giving shots, changing dressings, and giving nourishment through ...