MUSKEGON — At HomeIn Michigan alone, it is estimated that one million people are actively providing care for a loved one – usually an elderly parent. Providing care can be very challenging with the caregivers themselves often experiencing physical, emotional and financial stress as a result. And, unlike professional caregivers, family caregivers typically haven’t received any education or training on how to best provide care – rather they are thrust into the role and simply do the best they can for their loved ones.
Each year, hospice programs depend on thousands of family caregivers to teach them about their loved ones. They know that the family caregivers are the foremost experts on their loved ones. These family members or friends are often the ones who made that first call to see if it was time for hospice. A common regret that is heard from caregivers is, “I wish I had called hospice sooner.”