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The Caregiving Trap: Caregiving “Depends” on Family Relationships
Caregiving is a role that sneaks up on us. One day we’re helping out for a few hours a week and the next day we are providing care 7 days a week for 24 hours a day. Family members or friends looking in from the outside rarely understand the daily life and emotional challenges of the role of caregiver. Outside observers may be judgmental and place guilt on caregivers who are doing his or her best.
There are also caregivers who make the situation difficult on family when they take the role of a caregiver who will not accept help from others or seek to control the entire situation of care. This represents an unhealthy caregiving situation.
Care recipients face their own challenges especially if there is no family available or family is not trustworthy. Needing care can be a scary thought if a future or present care recipient has not prepared from a financial or legal perspective. Who will care for you if you are single, divorced, or widowed?
Caregiving and care receiving depends on a number of factors. It’s difficult to predict the future. The more knowledge you have the better able you will be to advocate for yourself or a loved one.
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