A caregiver is someone who looks after a person who is sick or disabled. Most caregivers are adults—but there are also approximately 1.4 million kids in the U.S. caring for a parent, grandparent, or sibling.
Daniel became a caregiver after his grandmother had a bad fall and could no longer walk independently. She had trouble breathing and couldn’t do everyday tasks without help, and she sometimes became confused. Her doctor said she shouldn’t be left alone for long periods.
Daniel’s father works until 10 p.m., so he asked Daniel to care for his abuela (ah-BWEH-la)—that’s grandmother in Spanish—after school.
At the time, Daniel was 15. He hadn’t spent much time with his grandma before—but she was family, and he knew it was the right thing to do.