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Who are Caregivers?

  • John G. BruhnEmail author
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)

Abstract

Caregivers are present in some form in all societies. An estimated 65.7 million caregivers make up 29 % of the U.S. population providing care to someone who is ill, disabled, or aged. Caregiving is not a simple matter. It is a complex role usually added to other roles a person has in a family. Caregiving can become a long standing and stressful commitment if the family member has a chronic illness. Caregiving is a relationship that is continually changing. Hospice care requires flexible caregiving. In many instances a mix of professional and family caregivers provides care to patients, each contributing their skills, knowledge and support to the patient.

Keywords

Becoming a caregiver Caregivers (defined) New population of caregivers Relationships in caregiving 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA

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