Caregiving Facts

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 that caregivers incur and emerging insights about the effects family caregivers have on their care recipients.

In the Caregiver Briefcase