Caregivers face many responsibilities in managing the well-being, health and safety of the elderly relative they love. Learn what your responsibilities are as a caretaker, and what it takes to shoulder them with ease.
Articles About Caregiver Responsibilities
- Caregiving Families Are as Unique as Fingerprints
Every family is unique in terms of its composition, circumstances, and dynamics. Individual needs vary widely, but caregivers' need for support is universal.
- 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.
- Who are Caregivers?
The short answer is most of us, at some point in our lives. Caregivers are daughters, wives, husbands, sons, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, partners and friends. While some people receive care from paid caregivers, most rely on unpaid assistance from families, friends and neighbors.
- Valentine's Day: When a Loved One Can't Understand the Holidays
Celebrating special occasions when one or more of the people involved can't participate is hard. When an elder has Alzheimer's or Dementia and they no longer understand the significance of holidays do we follow through, or do we pretend the special day doesn't exist?
- Discussing Caregiving with Your Boss
Being a full-time employee and a caregiver can be difficult, but letting your boss or employer know that you are a caregiver can put less stress on both of you. The amount of stress employees face - on the job and as caregivers - is another reason to let your boss know what's going on in your personal life.
- Top Tips from Family Caregivers: February 2015
What to focus on during a search for a nursing home; how to spot and prevent a UTI; helping a loved one manage their finances without overstepping your boundaries.
- Trusting Your Instincts: Why It's Essential for Caregivers
What does it mean to “trust your instincts?” When is it appropriate to rely on intuition, and when is it not? Discover the benefits (and drawbacks) of going with your gut.
- Giving Thanks for Caregivers
I wrote this piece on Thanksgiving, but it has meaning 365 days a year. We'd be LOST without our 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.
- 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.
- Elder Care Needs Can Change in an Instant
One of the most exhausting parts of being a caregiver, from my point of view, is that there's always the threat of an emergency that we are responsible to handle. We are literally on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Seeking Sanctuary in the Shower
When I was approached to contribute to AgingCare.com, my initial response was to decline. How could my experiences possibly relate to those who regularly visit the site?
- Electronic Health Records Still Not A Reality
Caregivers are often responsible for tracking down medical history and health records from multiple doctors because health-care providers don’t have electronic access to patients' health records and medical information.
- Keeping Relationships Strong While Caregiving: A True Story
Caring for two elderly loved ones while keeping your relationships strong. Caregiving changes your relationships forever.
- Caregiving: A Legacy To Be Proud Of
What do you want to be remembered for? The truth is, people want to be remembered for helping others, for making a difference. While it may not feel like it now, caregiving is the ultimate altruistic legacy. Create your legacy to remember.
- Financial Planning: Strategies for Caregivers and Their Parents
Having the foresight to make arrangements for your elderly parent's long-term care can save the rest of the family both emotional and financial distress. This expert advice should help with asset protection and financial planning for you an your elderly parents. Better yet, caregivers can use these strategies to ensure they are prepared for their future needs as well.
Q&A with the Experts on Caregiver Responsibilities
- Can my boss force me to choose between my job and caregiving?
To deal with working while caring for an elderly family member, if an employer does not understand your caregiving situation, talk to them, but have a plan first.
- How can I pay for mom's health care while preserving her finances?
Your primary responsibility is to make sure your relative’s needs are being met. This includes physical needs, health needs, safety and security, and emotional needs, any of which may involve spending money.
News about Caregiver Responsibilities
- Working Caregivers Cost Economy $25.2B Each Year, Gallup Says
Though they tend to be older, less educated and lower income, working caregivers cost the economy $25.2 billion in lost productivity due to more than 126 million workdays missed, Gallup estimates.
- Gender Differences in Response to Alzheimer's Disease
A survey of men and women in four European nations and the United States showed gender differences in fear of the disease and concern for and care of loved ones with Alzheimer's Disease. Among other findings, men are more certain that wives will take care of them should they develop the disease than the reverse.
- 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.