Caregivers provide support to a person in need of help, regardless of how many hours per week is spent providing this support. Sometimes, the caregiver may live with the person they are caring for, providing assistance with daily tasks/needs. Other times, less support may be needed and a caregiver may only make scheduled weekly visits or calls. The amount of support varies from patient to patient and depending on the caregiver’s relationship to the patient. Being a caregiver involves an investment in time, energy and effort.
A caregiver might do one or more of the following:
- Drive a family member, friend or neighbor to doctor’s appointments.
- Make meals.
- Help with household chores such as cleaning, grocery shopping, etc.
- Make regular phone calls to “check in” on them.
- Provide hands-on care, including bathing, help in eating, toileting, or other help.
- Help make decisions about medical questions.
- Assist with personal business affairs, such as bill paying
Care-giving often comes with new responsibilities and unfamiliar tasks, yet most caregivers never receive formal training in the tasks they are about to undergo. The following information may help you with a current situation or prepare you for what may happen.