A caregiver is anyone who provides help and support to someone who is either temporarily or permanently unable to function, or someone who can function but not optimally. Most caregivers are unpaid, often a family member, friend or neighbor. Formal caregivers are paid care providers or volunteers associated with a service system.
- Nearly one quarter of all people aged 65 and older in this country are functionally disabled or in need of some form of long-term care.
- In the majority of cases, friends and family are the sole source of assistance.
- Most caregivers work either full or part time while providing care.
- On average, caregivers provide 21 hours of assistance per week. The average length of care is 4.3 years.