By Joan Roche, Ph.D., MS, RN, CS
Who Are the Family Caregivers?
Family caregivers are relatives, friends, or neighbors who provide assistance related to an underlying physical or mental disability but who are unpaid for those services.
- 22.4 million to 54 million nationally
- Bottom line is that millions of Americans are providing care to family members on a long term basis
- You may well be one of them
Typical Family Caregivers
Typical family caregiver was a 46 year old woman caring for her widowed mother who does not live with her
It can also be:
- Husband caring for his wife
- Sons or daughter-in laws caring for father or mother
- Wife caring for a husband
- Nieces & nephews caring for aunts or uncles
- Sisters for brothers, brothers for sisters