If you’re a family caregiver, or want to know what caregiving is all about, you need to watch the new PBS documentary entitled “Caring for Mom and Dad”. A family caregiver is a person who provides “care” to a family member, a neighbor, a partner or even a friend. According to the National Center on Caregiving, there are 43.5 million caregivers provide care for someone aged 50 (or older). Baby Boomers are facing a tidal wave of caregiving needs, and many boomers are caring for a parent at home.
Informal caregiver and family caregiver are terms used to refer to unpaid individuals such as family members, partners, friends and neighbors who provide care. These persons can be primary (i.e. the person who spends the most time helping) or secondary caregivers, full time or part time, and can live with the person being cared for or live separately. Formal caregivers are volunteers or paid care providers associated with a service system. — The Family Caregiver Alliance
The need for caregiving services at home has given rise to burgeoning businesses that offer home health services, home care services and hospice care. Most of us simply aren’t well equipped to take care of our aging loved ones. Understanding the needs of dementia sufferers, or more specifically – the demands of someone with alzheimer’s disease can take on new meaning when coming face-to-face with these prospects. How comfortable would you be bathing your mom or dad? Would you know what to do? Would you even know how to transfer them?
The new PBS documentary “Caring for Mom and Dad” puts the caregiving conundrum into context. It focusses both on the challenges of family caregiving… and the beauty of family caregiving. It’s a time when life comes full circle for many of us. Our parents, who nurtured us and cared for us as children have increasingly crucial care needs that require attention. Because we love them so much, the tug to provide care is always present.
View the trailers to the documentary above, and when you have time – Watch the entire documentary here –> Caring For Mom And Dad – A PBS Documentary on Family Caregiving. The video is almost an hour long (54:19) so you’ll want to clear some time. If you do, I assure you it will be well worth your time.
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