Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter once said, “There are four kinds of people: those who will become caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who were caregivers, and those who will need caregiving themselves.”
Caregiving takes many forms. Responsibilities can range from providing short- or long-term financial assistance, running errands, or providing comprehensive round-the-clock care.
Professional and volunteer caregivers ensure a meaningful quality of life for our loved ones. From hospice professionals providing end-of-life care to volunteers offering friendship and hope, every caregiver touches the life of those they care for and leave a lasting impression on family and friends.
Although caregiver responsibilities may vary, their dedication to the individuals they care for remains constant.
Continue reading to learn more about the many roles of today’s caregiver.
Hospice professionals maximize quality of life for terminally ill patients and their families. Hospice teams may include nurses, therapists, coordinators and others who work together to minimize a patient’s discomfort, pain, and other symptoms when preparing for end-of-life.
In addition to treating patients with medical care, hospice professionals provide emotional, psychological, and spiritual support to patients and their loved ones.
Physicians are trained to meet the healthcare needs of our loved ones. They strive to provide high-quality, compassionate care and treatment plans to every patient.
Nurses and certified nursing assistants (CNA) provide nursing aid to patients in caregiving environments. They fulfill basic quality of life needs for patients of all ages.
Chaplains are members of the clergy or religious representatives working in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, residential care facilities, schools, private chapels, or the military.
Chaplains assist with spiritual, religious, and emotional needs of patients, families, and other caregivers. They can help make a difficult experience more manageable.
Social workers help individuals in need connect with resources in order to cope with challenges in their lives. They work together with other caregivers using a person-centered approach to providing care, planning and support.
While assistance from paid caregivers is an option for some, many must rely on unpaid assistance (volunteered) from family members, friends, neighbors, or church members. Volunteers may also donate their time and talents assisting in activities at care facilities providing enrichment and care for the residents.
Volunteers may provide a range of assistance. They may be primary or secondary caregivers and live with, or separately from, the person receiving care.
Busch Funeral and Crematory Services recognizes and appreciates the hard work of individuals in our community who take on the responsibility of a caregiver. To thank those who provide hope and comfort for those in need, we are accepting nominations for our monthly Busch Recognition Program.
We’re seeking one staff and one volunteer caregiver who are unsung heroes and beacons of comfort. Nominate someone you know for his or her selfless work.