Who Is the Family Caregiver?
Generally, the family caregiver is a spouse, partner, child, or other relative who provides a range of assistance for an elderly or disabled person. They can be primary caregivers or secondary caregivers who give direct care or supervise the care given by someone else.
Most are middle aged, and their ages range from 35–64 years old. Ethnicity varies but 21% are both white and African-American, 18% Asian, and 18% Hispanic.
One out of two caregivers are women. Typically, the family caregiver is a daughter or daughter-in-law, but men are becoming increasingly involved. For some elders (about 20%), friends and neighbors fill this role.
What do they have in common- they are all unpaid, do it for love, face their own mortality for providing stressful free care and are bridging burn out? They need respite.
That ‘s why you need a caregiver assessment