“Sometimes asking for help is the most meaningful example of self-reliance.” – Unknown

The increasing population of aging people has paved the way for the recognition of caregiving as a profession in the recent times. A caregiver is a person who assists people with impairments in performing their daily activities. The basic responsibilities of a caregiver include managing medications, meeting doctors, taking care of daily meals, helping in taking bathe and changing cloths. As the need for such caregivers is increased, organizations concerned with providing support to disable people, have realized the need of support for caregivers.

A caregiver is needed when someone is unable to take care of himself. The caregiver should be a good communicator with the care receiver along with the ability to make decisions on behalf of the care receiver whenever required. He should make sure that all the medications and healthcare products are available. Along with all this, a caregiver should take care of his personal hygiene as well as the hygiene of care receiver. The living area must be cleaned on regular basis and the laundry should be managed properly.

To make a career in caregiving, it can be really helpful to look up to some of the experts in the industry for inspiration and support. The advent of social media has made it easy to connect with caregiving experts these days. Following are some well-reputed caregivers of modern times.

Brenda Avadian

Brenda Avadian started her career as a full-time caregiver when her father was diagnosed with dementia after the death of her mother in 1996. Brenda is helping people to make full use of community resources. She is a former professor, motivational speaker and the author of nine books and most of them are bestsellers. She has donated more than one million dollars to the organizations working for the treatment of dementia. She surprisingly ran her first marathon in 2011 at the age of 50. She also enjoys hiking and mountain climbing.

Pamela D. Wilson

Pamela D. Wilson is a caregiving expert, speaker, author, and advocate. She helps caregivers in managing the emotional stress and to react in unusual or challenging situations. Pamela started her career in the field of caregiving as Older Adult Caregiver Presenter in 2004. She founded a health agency named “In Home and Family Services, Inc.” in 2007. She is hopeful of raising the standards in the caregiving industry by educating both caregivers and care receivers. She is passionate about providing a better and affordable healthcare system to disabled and elderly people. She owns her own company named “The Care Navigator:” which is providing care navigations to caregivers and care receivers. Her book “The Caregiving Trap: Solutions for Life’s Unexpected Changes” was published in October 2015. The book is based on her personal and professional life experiences to help caregivers with recommendations and suggestions.  

Amy Goyer

Amy Goyer is an author, speaker, consultant and caregiving expert. She started her professional career as a music therapist before joining AARP as Intergenerational Coordinator. Amy has authored one book named “Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving” which is about her inspirations, experiences, and insights from her career spanned over fifteen years. She has specialized in family and grandparent caregiving.

By Regil Pane