(800) 973-1540

How do I become a caregiver?

5 answers | Last updated: Jun 28, 2014
64px-hh6b80fd52d1
Q
An anonymous caregiver asked...
How do I become a caregiver? What's involved in becoming a caregiver?
 

Answers
96% helpful
answered...

Most people become caregivers not out of choice but necessity. Becoming a caregiver is not like becoming a nurse; one chooses to become a nurse, and goes to school to See also:
The Caregiver Honor Roll
learn how. Caregivers, on the other hand, are usually thrust into the role when a loved one is unable to care for himself.

The term "caregiver" applies to anyone who is caring for elderly parents, a disabled spouse, an ill child, or a relative, friend, or neighbor. Caregivers sometimes care for a loved one part-time; other caregivers are responsible for full time care.

Most caregivers have no formal training, but there are many resources available to those who assume the caregiving role, including many on this site, as well as the Family Caregiver Alliance, a national organization that provides valuable information, support, and other resources for caregivers.

 

More Answers
50% helpful
sonny's cousin answered...

I was given guardianship of my cousin when his father died nine years ago. Since that time he has lived in the home with me and my husband . This requires much of our time and energy. We are both retired and would like to sometimes just get away. When we first took the responsibility there was money to hire someone once in a while so we could get away we were also much younger. There is no way we would consider placing him in a home where because we were told that he would because of his condition be placed in a locked ward according to the V.A.. Is ther caregiver assistance for our case?

 

50% helpful
wanting to be caregi answered...

i would love to be my mom and dad's caregiver.. they are up in there 80's.. they don't drive.. i would love do the things for them . dr's appts and grocies shop washed clothes cook and clean.. my other brothers and sisiters don;t have time for them.. i want to do this. i have not seen my father for 20 years...miss them..

 

 
Ask a question Ask a question | Add an answer Add an answer