The Emotional Roller Coaster of Caregiving
Caregiving is a journey itself. It is not surprising that some caregivers physically and emotionally deplete themselves in giving care to a patient and become sick or die prematurely. The type of illness and a patient’s personality along with the composition of the family, its ethnicity and culture all interact to create an emotional roller coaster. The most common emotions that illness produces in patients and families are anxiety, depression, fear, and hopelessness. The deepest feelings about caregiving, which are often unspoken, especially among family, are related to finances. The financial burden of caregiving is the most changeable, inflatable, and unplanned aspect of long-term care.
KeywordsCaregiver emotions Cumulative effects of chronic disease Family communication Limits of family caregiving
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