There are 18 million family caregivers in the U.S., and that number is only expected to grow in the coming years as we live longer.
Caregivers often perform selflessly, even heroically, at a cost to their own health and finances, to take care of aging relatives, loved ones, and friends. Almost half conduct complicated medical tasks normally provided by trained doctors and nurses — tasks like medication management and wound care. And the care they provide is conservatively valued at more than $200 billion annually.
Grantmakers have played a leading role in calling attention to the unmet needs of caregivers and funding programs that can give them the help, training, and support they deserve. Caregivers are a critical component to improving health care for all. Here are some examples of programs made possible by grantmakers: