Caregiving 101

Chances are you are an informal caregiver.  An informal caregiver is a spouse, child, grandchild, friend, or relative who provides assistance with everyday tasks and is not paid for their services.   In 2011, informal caregivers provided over 1.3 billion hours of care PER MONTH to persons aged 65 and over.  In addition, roughly 50% of these informal caregivers are employed and managing job responsibilities.  Can you say challenging?  Can you say stressful?

The AARP Foundation has a booklet entitled “Prepare to Care:  A Planning Guide for Families” that walks you through a five steps process.  Click here to download a copy:  http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/prepare-to-care-planning-guide/ .

Now is the time to begin to discuss a caregiving plan that evolves around the needs and wishes of the care recipient.