What is a Caregiver?


What is a caregiver

What is a Caregiver?

It is sometimes difficult to define exactly what a caregiver is. The caregiver role entails so many different tasks and activities it is sometimes easier to list what they do. At Upward Care we define a caregiver as any person supporting the wellbeing of someone who cannot fully maintain their own wellbeing. Wellbeing refers to the state of being happy, healthy, and comfortable. In most instances, caregiving activities are focused on providing assistance for activities of daily living but can also include something as simple as companionship. Caregivers are typically broken down into two groups: professional caregivers and family caregivers. Family caregivers are sometimes referred to as informal caregivers. According to AARP reports, there are currently 43.5 million family caregivers. For the purpose of their reports, they count a family caregiver as someone in the United States that has provided unpaid care to an adult or a child in the prior 12 months. Of the 43.5 million family caregivers, 34 million care for an adult over the age of 50 years old.