Although there are many paid sources of help, Easterseals’ focus is on unpaid or informal caregiving, which accounts for the majority of all care provided.
There are many types of caregivers, because the term caregiver refers to anyone who provides help to another person in need. This may be a few hours a week, or full-time, live-in support. The person being cared for may live at home, with you, or with another friend or family member, or in a residential facility. The person receiving care may have a disability, such as dementia, cancer or brain injury, or may just need a little help with basic daily tasks.
Some tasks might include:
Some caregivers also have the added responsibilities of administering medications and tasks related to the older person’s illness or disability.
Oftentimes, caregivers already have a relationship with the person or persons they are caring for, like a loved one’s parents,
children, spouse, another family member, neighbor or friend.
Informal or unpaid caregivers are the primary source of care for nearly three-quarters of the older adults with limitations who live in the community. These caregivers are usually family members. The most common type of informal caregiving relationship is an adult child caring for an elderly parent.