The Politics of Caregiving: How to Avoid Creating Enemies

By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

Politics and politicians—why can’t we do without them?  Especially during period of election when the media spins stories and it’s difficult to know who to trust versus who not to trust. Caregiving situations where multiple family members are involved, presents a similar situation. There are times when it’s difficult to know the good caregiver from the ill-intended caregiver.

How might a caregiver be likened to a politician? What can be done to avoid a caregiver creating enemies with family and service providers who might be involved in care situations? Honestly there are times when even I look at a situation and see it to be purely without reason or a logical thought process. What might a caregiver embroiled in a political battle between family members do to survive?

Below are three tips to help caregivers survive political battles and make friends versus creating enemies.

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