Resources for caregivers
For many people, caregiving isn't a job or a duty. It is doing what is right for a loved one. Caregiving is an unspoken promise that so many of us make in our relationships, to be there for our loved ones when they need us. However, not many people have the time, resources or ability to care for their aging or disabled loved one without any help.
It is important as a caregiver to know your limits, take care of yourself, know your resources in the community, and understand the wants and needs of the person who needs care.
Oregon’s Family Caregiver Support Program helps caregivers support their loved ones and themselves.
You can connect with your local Family Caregiver Support Program through the ADRC of Oregon at
Who is a caregiver?
A caregiver is anyone who helps another person so that person can maintain an independent lifestyle. There are many kinds of caregivers. A caregiver doesn't have to be family or a loved one. Sometimes the best care plan includes a combination of different kinds of caregivers.
Family members and other informal caregivers are the backbone of Oregon's long-term care system. Being a successful caregiver means finding a balance between providing necessary care and encouraging the person you are caring for to be as independent as possible.