Resources For Caregivers
Who is a caregiver? A caregiver is an unpaid or paid person who helps another individual with an impairment with his or her activities of daily living. Any person with a health impairment might use caregiving services to address their difficulties. A caregiver can live in the home with the loved one or not.
Examples of the type of help include:
Personal Care – Assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, toileting, ambulation, transfers, positioning, exercise and medication reminders and assist
Household Tasks – Meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, shopping, pet care, errands as needed. If pre-arranged your caregiver can provide transportation, companionship and assistance to meetings, appointments, or other outings.
Companionship – Provide a listening ear, cheerful conversation, and a caring heart while working around the house, escorting and driving on trips to the doctor, hairdresser, house of worship, the home of a friend, or recreational outings
Respite – Fill in for a regular caregiver when they are unable to work due to illness, vacation, or simply need to take a break for some much needed time away
The Four Stages of Caregiving: To let you know that you are not alone and that there are resources to help you, we have written a step-by-step guide to caregiving. Click on the Introduction or on any Stage for a choice of articles. If you bookmark our site, it will be easier to find when you want to read more.
- The Four Stages of Caregiving: Introduction
- Stage 1: When You First Become A Caregiver
- Stage 2: When You Have Been A Caregiver For a While.
- Stage 3: When You Are a Heavy-Duty Caregiver.
- Stage 4: When You Are a Caregiver Who Has To Let Go.