A caregiver is a person who assists a child who has a physical or mental impairment. The mother-father or other adult in the home may qualify as primary caregivers in some cases.

Some examples are taking someone to the doctor or shopping; assisting him or her with taking medicine; providing emotional support; and/or assisting with bathing or dressing. You do not have to be living with the person or providing 24-hour care to be considered a caregiver.