As people age—or due to a life-changing event such as a stroke—the ability to live inde- pendently may change. Over 44 million Americans spend time caring for family members or friends who can no longer live on their own without assis- tance.1 Often a family member or friend steps in to help the person with the activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing, everyday chores, or preparing meals.
Over time, the need for assis- tance often increases, which in turn increases the time commitment from family
and friends. Individuals often desire to remain in their own home, even though they need more help to stay there. It is frequently at this point that caregivers must begin to look at sources beyond the family to assist with care.