Many times, the incredibly difficult role of becoming a caregiver falls onto close family and friends. There is little training for the responsibilities that come along with becoming a caregiver and there is not always support for them outside family or friends. After much research and interviews with others who had been handed the role as caregiver, it is believed that while there are certain types of communication between caregivers and support groups, there should be better communication of where caregivers can turn to in order to find support. The interviews conducted for the sake of this research showed that while some caregivers who had loved ones sent home on Hospice care did receive resources for help, not all did and not all sought out outside help. This research was both informative and eye-opening. It showed that there is a bridge to gap in order to help those who are trying to find an avenue for help when they are caring for their sick loved one. After reviewing the research available, it was concluded that the importance of caregivers and the active role they play is not a well-researched topic. Caregivers are truly unsung heroes in many ways and they may not always have resources made available to them. Reaching out can sometimes be a difficult decision to make and finding a resource that fits their needs can be even more difficult. If more people were aware of how difficult being a caregiver can be and how much it can take to be a caregiver, many people may want to educate themselves more on how they can help a caregiver or how they can help a caregiver seek out resources to benefit them during their journey.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2018

Senior Project Advisor

Melony A. Shemberger, Ed.D.

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

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