The duties of caregivers are varied, since the needs of their elderly loved ones change over time. Joining in the discussion with our community of caregivers can give you some perspective.
Articles About Caregiver Duties
- The Working Caregiver: Issues Faced With Working & Caregiving
Many caregivers need to take time off from work to care for their elderly parents. Challenges include juggling a career, covering medical expenses, finding day-time care and communicating these needs with your employer. Prepare yourself by knowing what programs are out there to help you.
- How to Run Caregiving like a Business
Effective caregiving is like a business. Taking the emotion out of the situation, being proactive, and have a solid plan of action can help you succeed and preserve your sanity.
- Working Caregivers Are Giving Back to Parents, Gallup Says
Most working caregivers are caring for elderly parents who either live with them or within 10 miles of their homes, a Gallup poll says. Caregivers report spending 13 days a month on errands, and six days providing more personal services like bathing, grooming, dressing and feeding.
- Patient-Doctor-Caregiver: Demystifying the Dynamic
The relationship between an elderly patient and doctor shifts when a caregiver is in the exam room. Caregivers often wonder whether they should go to doctor's visits with their elderly loved one and some research says they should stay.
- How to Make Tough Decisions as a Caregiver
A veteran family caregiver outlines several strategies for how to make tough decisions as a caregiver and maintain your sanity while doing so.
- An Army of One
Look around. Whom do you see? All across the world, in every country, we are there. We are the caregivers. Yet we are alone.
- School-Age Kids Face Challenges as Caregivers
Have you seen the commercial that says, "When you are worried about things at home, it's impossible to think about anything else?" This is especially true for school-aged family caregivers.
- You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know
So little research has been done on how many young people (18 and under) take care of elderly relatives that not much has been done to help this vulnerable population.
- Youth Caregivers Have a Hard Time Finding Respite
Finding and accessing respite care resources can be especially challenging for younger caregivers who are still in school.
- This 13-Year-Old Caregiver’s Essay Will Amaze You
A 13-year-old caregiver wrote an essay for school about her father with Parkinson's disease that will amaze and inspire caregivers of all ages.
- But I’m the Caregiver!
The duties of caring for an aging adult are often shared by multiple family members. We need to start recognizing not just the primary caregiver, but also the other family members who are sometimes "invisible" to the outside world.
- Parenting Your Parent: An Action Plan for Adult Children
When you first realize you may have to take care of your aging parent(s), the task can seem overwhelming. Here's an easy-to-follow action plan for adult children to follow.
- The Costly Difference Between Male and Female Family Caregivers
The costly difference between male and female caregivers stems from one staggering statistic.
- Keeping Relationships Strong While Caregiving: A True Story
Caring for two elderly loved ones while keeping your relationships strong. Caregiving changes your relationships forever.
- A Caregiver's Guide to Managing Your Elderly Parent's Investments
How do I as a caregiver make decisions about managing my elderly parent’s or other aging relative’s investments?
- The 4 Most Embarrassing Caregiver Moments
"Wouldn't it be nice if you never had those "uncomfortable for everyone" moments with mom or dad that made you want to bury your head? Well, not only have we identified the most embarrassing moments you'll face as a caregiver, but we've got the best strategies for handling those oh-so-awkward situations.
- Get More Energy by Eating Smart
What you eat has a critical impact on how you feel throughout the day. Enjoy these foods to beat the exhaustion and remain energetic all day.
- How to Keep Your Sanity During the Holidays
For the Sandwich Generation, holidays are stressful. Your caregiving duties don't stop just because its the holidays. The kids aren't going to be less demanding than usual either. But it is possible to balance caregiving, family and the holidays.