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Family and Caregiving: The Challenge of Caring for Our Elders


Activities of Daily Living
Six categories of basic skills: eating, bathing, dressing, continence, toileting, transferring

Assisted Living Facility
A housing facility designed for those who need extra help in their day-to-day lives but who do not require 24-hour skilled nursing care

Compassion Fatigue
An extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create secondary traumatic stress for the helper

Formal caregiver or home health aide
A paid caregiver who provides in-home personal care for patients who need assistance for a variety of reasons including illness, advanced age, disability, or cognitive impairment.

Informal or Family Caregiver
Any relative, partner, friend or neighbor who has a significant personal relationship with, and provides a broad range of assistance for, an older person or an adult with a chronic or disabling condition.

In-Home Care
A level of care in which the patient has healthcare issues but, with the assistance of family members, friends and others, the patient can continue to reside safely in their own home

Independent Care (Congregate Housing or Retirement Living)
A community for seniors who are mentally and physically active, able to care for themselves and want to have their own homes but as part of a community

Respite Care
Designed to provide temporary relief for those who have the responsibility of caring for a senior family member

About the authors

Allison Milewski

Allison Milewski has developed media education resources for a range of award-winning filmmakers and national media organizations, including PBS LearningMedia, Independent Television Services (ITVS), Latino Public Broadcasting, HBO Documentaries, and Tribeca Film Institute. She is also the founder of the international media education program,