Saturday, April 12, 2014
Caregiver Resentment: Would They Do It Again? (Research, Video 3:09)
Let’s be real about caregiving. Some caregivers feel depressed, guilty, and trapped in a hole with no way out, except the death of persons in their care. Maybe they were the only siblings living near the parents, the only relatives or friends with resources to provide care, or the only persons willing to step up when others refused. Whatever their reasons, they became caregivers reluctantly, never fully embracing the responsibility, and made the most of the situation. If they had a choice, would they do it again? Some say they would not.
In a study reported in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, factors associated with an unwillingness to become caregivers again were reviewed. Former caregivers of palliative care patients were interviewed. Comparisons between those who would do caregiving again and those who would not were made with these results:
1) One in 13 (7.4%) former caregivers indicated that they would not provide such care again.
2) One in six (16.5%) would only "probably care again."
3) Increasing age lessens the willingness to care again and so does lower levels of education.
4) Despite most active caregivers being willing to provide care again, a
proportion would not.
This video about relieving stress while caring for an aging parent or spouse presents ways for caregivers to cope.
Frances Shani Parker, Author
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