What It Means To Be A 24-7 Family Caregiver For An Aging Parent or Spouse

Caregivers ask what it means to be a 24/7 family caregiver or an aging parent or spouse.  There are two types of 24/7 caregivers. One 24/7 family caregiver may live full-time with a loved one and provide care. The second 24/7 family caregiver may be a family member who is on call 24/7 and responds to family caregiving emergencies and requests as they arise. The risks of caregiving burnout and single minded-focus to cope with the stress of caregiving poses care risks for aging loved ones.