Caregiving is providing care and assistance to someone who is frail, disabled or ill and needs help. It includes caring for their physical, social and psychological needs. Caregivers perform many different kinds of tasks, for example, helping someone to eat, take a bath or dress, giving medications, assisting with doctor’s appointments, preparing meals, grocery shopping and housekeeping. The assistance from a caregiver may allow a person who requires care to stay in their own home longer.
Many spouses, children, friends and relatives are caregivers. Caregiving can be a short term commitment or it can last for years. Caregiving is not easy and it requires love, patience and compassion. One of the most important things a caregiver can do is to take care of themselves. When a caregiver’s needs are taken care of, the person who is being cared for will benefit too.