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Who is Considered a Caregiver?

The surviving spouse or common-law partner is often the primary caregiver; however, others, including adult children, neighbors or friends may also qualify as primary caregivers in some cases. A caregiver is a person who provides some assistance to an older relative or friend who has physical or mental impairment. Some examples are taking someone to the doctor or shopping; assisting them with bill-paying; providing emotional support; and/or assisting with bathing or dressing. You do not have to be living with the person or providing 24-care to be considered a caregiver. There are various stages of caregiving - you could be helping out very little to progressing into assisting daily. Learn more about caregiving.

Visit the home healthcare Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.


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