“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.
Those who will need caregivers.”
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter
The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Human Development
You are a family caregiver if you help someone who cannot do or is limited from doing any of these things for him/herself.
• Go to medical appointments
• Communicate with health care professionals
• Pick up medication from the pharmacy
• Contact community service organizations such as the Area Agency on Aging, Meals on Wheels, or the Alzheimer’s Association
• Help arrange for home health care or hospice services
• Assist someone to pay bills
• Go grocery shopping or make meals
• Go to church or community meetings and events
• Help someone clean his/her home or arrange for housecleaning
• Do home repairs or arrange for someone else to do so
• Do laundry or yard work or hire someone else to do so
• Do other common daily tasks
Nearly 25% of all households have at least one adult who has provided care for an elderly person at some point during the past 12 months. The findings are startling and are only expected to increase as the baby boom generation ages in the next 30 years.
See the Caregiver Support page for more information.