Family caregivers are doing more than ever to support their family members, neighbors and friends who have long-term or chronic health needs. They shop, cook, drive and manage finances. They bathe, dress, toilet and feed.
Most also do things they never even dreamed they would need to do — unless they went to nursing school. They give dozens of pills, eye drops, patches, suppositories, injections, even intravenous medications at home. They perform wound care and manage colostomies and tube feedings. They manipulate special equipment and figure out special diets. They deal with incontinence. And more.