Caregivers provide care and assistance for spouses, parents, children and other family members or friends who need support. A caregiver may support someone because of age, medical conditions, injury, long term illness or disability. Caregiving responsibilities typically involve support from family, friends, professional health care providers, community supports and government resources.
We typically think of caregiving as being about an aging parent, but it's about family and friends stepping in to help anyone in their family or community - at any age -parents, spouses, siblings, children, friends.
You may not see yourself as a caregiver, but rather as someone simply supporting a person who needs you. Providing support is especially natural if you are helping someone who means a lot to you. Seeing yourself in the role of caregiver acknowledges the important work you're doing.
Most people will become a caregiver at some point in their lives - adults both young and older are caring for their children, spouses, parents, relatives, friends, and neighbours.
Caregiving Fast Facts:
Approximately one in five Canadians is a caregiver (Canadian Caregiver Coalition)
Caregivers can be youth, adults or seniors and the majority are female
70-80% of the care given in the community to older adults is provided by family and friends (Health Council of Canada)
Many caregivers are part of the “sandwich generation,” caring for BOTH their parents and their children