Why is a caregiver needed?
Today people spend far less time in the hospital than in the past. This means that sicker people are being cared for at home.
There has also been a shift in cancer treatment, and a lot of it is now done in outpatient treatment centers. This has led to a need for the family to be part of the day-to-day care of the person with cancer.
Today, families provide about 80% of home-care services. Caregivers are doing things that, until recently, were done by trained health professionals.
Last Medical Review: 02/14/2012
Last Revised: 03/23/2012