Each year thousands of families must make the hard decision about the care of an aging relative. While everyone wants the best care possible for their loved one, many people do not know where to begin. They do not know where to look for help, nor do they understand what caregiver qualities to look for in a caregiver. It is important that families receive sound advice and work with people they can trust throughout this process. So what are the qualities of a good caregiver? Let’s take a look.
Believe it or not, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving, over 44 million people in the U.S. today are providing care for an aging family member instead of utilizing professional paid family caregiving. Being the caregiver for an older parent takes its toll on families. While these unpaid caregivers think they are saving money by doing it themselves, there are some costs they might not even realize.