The National Care Planning Council gives the following definitions:
Formal caregivers are volunteers or paid care providers associated with a service system. Service systems might include for-profit or nonprofit nursing homes, intermediate care facilities, assisted living, home care agencies, community services, hospice, church or charity service groups, adult day care, senior centers, association services, state aging services, in-home daycares, and child care centers.
Informal Caregivers Informal caregivers are family, friends, neighbors or church members who provide unpaid care out of love, respect, obligation or friendship to a disabled person or child. These people far outnumber formal caregivers and without them, this country would have a difficult time formally funding the caregiving needs of a growing number of disabled and young recipients.
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· A caregiver gives of oneself to assure that the person in need receives the necessary care to carry on his or her life safely and with dignity.
· A caregiver sees to it that the basic needs of food, clothing, cleanliness and shelter are met by the person with need.
· A caregiver must also know how to meet that person's emotional needs without becoming co-dependent.
· A caregiver never loses sight of his/her own needs and understands that in order to care for a loved one, you must also care for yourself.
How do you define Caregiver?
In the coming weeks we will continue building upon an agreed upon answer to this question and explore the importance of this subject today and in the future by looking at lessons learned in the past, where is the healthcare community at large heading and where one can find support, resource and guidance for Caregivers and the person who needs this help.
We are looking forward to your active participation.