Family Caregiver

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, an estimated 53 million adults are providing care to an adult family member. Forty percent of those families live in multi-generational homes. When illness or advanced age impacts an individual’s ability to accomplish activities of daily living (ADLs) traditional roles often shift to focus on the provision of care. Spouses are often the first to care for each other, and as both spouses live longer, adult children become increasingly involved in providing care for their parents.

The vast majority of family caregivers are unpaid, however as the population ages, an increasing number of states are recognizing the benefit of providing services and support to family caregivers to avoid the high costs of placement in long-term care facilities.

Learn more about the impact of family caregiving and find the services and support you need to make the transition into this important role easier. Find information and tips from AgingCare’s experts and get advice and support from other family caregivers in our online Caregiver Forums.

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  • Who Are Family Caregivers?

    Family caregivers are often undervalued and overlooked by the health care system. The comprehensive care they provide can extend seniors’ independence, delay long-term care placement, and improve health outcomes, safety, and quality of life.

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  • Accepting the Caregiving Label Is Often a Challenging Process

    Many individuals struggle to accept the label of “caregiver,” but fully embracing this role increases our chances of succeeding in it.

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  • 6 Pieces of Wisdom Nurses Often Share with New Family Caregivers

    More than any other medical professionals, nurses spend the most time providing hands-on care for patients and interacting with family caregivers. Here’s a list of six elder care insights that nurses share with family members who are new to caregiving.

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  • Family Caregivers Bear the Burden of High Elder Care Costs

    A survey of family caregivers shows that the costs of caring for aging parents has a significant financial impact that could derail everyday budgeting and retirement planning for adult children.

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  • 5 Questions to Determine the Impact of Caregiving

    Many of us dive into caregiving with full hearts and little forethought. Doing some honest soul searching can help you sort out your priorities, set goals for your loved one’s care and establish your own boundaries.

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  • How Can I Get Paid for Being a Family Caregiver?

    The vast majority of family caregivers do not get paid to care for an elderly loved one. However, there are a few options available that may allow a family member to receive payment in exchange for the care they provide.

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  • How I Stopped Resenting My Siblings as a Family Caregiver

    A family caregiver explores how she let go of anger, resentment and jealousy toward her siblings that was damaging her family relationships and hindering her ability to care for her aging parents.

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