Caregiving, Defined

 If you provide direct care and support to a person with lupus, you are likely a caregiver, regardless of your relationship to the person with lupus. 

What is a Lupus Caregiver?

A lupus caregiver is someone who commits to providing direct care and support to a person diagnosed with lupus.

Who are Lupus Caregivers?

Caregivers may be parents, a spouse, children, other family members or friends. In some cases, there may be more than one caregiver.  

What Kind of Care do Caregivers Provide?

Because each lupus diagnosis is so unique, care needs and caregiving responsibilities may vary. You may need to provide more help, such as day-to-day care (e.g., keeping track of medication administration); or, less frequent care (e.g., going to doctor visits with your loved one). One of the most important functions of a caregiver is to provide emotional support. Even if you play a small role in the day-to-day care of your loved one, you may still play a crucial role in their mental and emotional health.