DRAFT - Caregivers Message Document
Helping patients become more active in their health and health care
Background, point of view
About 61 million family caregivers in the U.S. provide care to an adult with limitations in daily activities during the year. Caregivers are an important and often unsupported patient resource. The caregiver helps collect information, find where to go in the healthcare system, give patients their medications, drive patients to their doctor’s appointments, and pay attention to the overall well-being of the patient.
When we talk about caregivers, we are talking about unpaid individuals (a spouse, significant other, family member, friend, or neighbor) involved in helping others who are unable to perform certain activities on their own. Examples include:
- A parent caring for a child with leukemia or autism
- An adult child caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s Disease
- An adult caring for a neighbor with a broken hip
- A spouse caring for his wife with breast cancer
About the Messages
The following are suggested messages for caregivers. These messages have underlying themes of convenience and community support leading to empowered caregivers.
*These messages are meant to serve as a starting point for development of more tailored materials. These messages should be tested and adapted to serve your particular audience before being distributed to increase level of effectiveness.*
AARP. Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update, The Growing Contributions and Costs of FamilyCaregiving. 2011.
Institute of Medicine Report, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce. 2008.