Family caregiving occurs at every stage along the life span. Although it has been traditionally regarded as an “informal” aspect of health care, many policy makers and stakeholders now acknowledge that family caregivers provide essential services, and in many cases, they operate as front-line health service providers.
This section presents basic information about the increasing number of family caregivers, the many circumstances in which family caregiving occurs, and the many duties and tasks that typify family caregiving. The section also contains information about the health and emotional risks and benefits that caregivers may experience.
In the Caregiver Briefcase
In the Caregiving Facts Section
- Who Are Family Caregivers?
- What Do Family Caregivers Do?
- Cultural Diversity and Caregiving
- Mental and physical health effects of family caregiving
- The Financial Costs of Family Caregiving
- Positive Aspects of Caregiving
- Family Caregivers' Needs Are Often Invisible
- Family Caregiver Well-Being is Important to Care Recipient Health