Family Caregivers

The Role of a Family Caregiver

Most people will either become a caregiver at some point in their lives, or will need one. According to the National Family Caregiver Alliance, a caregiver is “anyone who provides basic assistance and care for someone who is frail, disabled or ill and needs help.” The person for whom a caregiver cares is called the “care recipient.” Many people who are caregivers do not see themselves as such; they feel that the help they provide to loved ones is just something that they would do naturally. But being a caregiver can take a serious emotional, financial, and physical toll.

"65.7 million caregivers make up 29% of the U.S. adult population providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged."
- (Caregiving in the U.S. National Alliance for Caregiving. Washington, DC. Nov, 2012)

With millions of Americans providing care for an ill or aging loved one, family caregiving is an enormous concern. Many individuals often find themselves juggling the responsibilities of aging parents, children, marriages, employers, and themselves without anywhere to turn for support or guidance.

How VistaLynk can help

VistaLynk's Eldercare Consulting Services, Seminars and the Partnerships in Motion™ program are designed to address and support the needs of those in the group that may be in a struggling with the role of caregiver for an aging family member or friend. They teach participants about caregivers, who they are and what they do. This will help people understand the realities of caregivers, how to identify caregivers, and understand what kinds of things caregivers do for their loved ones, creating a supportive partnership and understanding.