Family Caregiver

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.

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, an estimated 53 million adults are providing care to an adult family member. In large part family members are untrained and unpaid for the assistance and support they are providing. 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Family Caregiver

Q: What is a family caregiver?
Family caregivers are individuals who step in to care for an aging parent or ill loved one. Oftentimes, caregivers take on the role without training, experience or pay for the assistance they provide. Read more: Who are family caregivers?
Q: Can I get paid for caregiving for my parents?
Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer. 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. Learn more: How to Get Paid for Being a Family Caregiver
Q: Mom and Dad need help at home. Where do I start?
Learn how to discuss long-term care planning, form a care team, create a caregiving strategy using a printable daily care plan template, and find elder care professionals who can provide support as you carry out your plan. See more: Set Yourself Up For Success as a Caregiver
Q: How do I say no to caregiving?
Caregivers are nurturing people who often put other's needs before their own, so where do you draw a line and say 'I can do this much and no more'? Read more: Saying No to Being a Caregiver
Q: How can I get siblings to help take care of our parents?
It can be disheartening when you reach out to siblings for help and support, but they only offer up excuses. Take an objective look at their reasons for staying at arm’s length and learn how you can get everyone on the same page. Read the Top 3 Excuses From Siblings Who Don't Help with Caregiving