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Pros and Cons of Being a Caregiver

Caregiver for elderly person

It is always challenging when the health of a family member starts to fail. We were reminded of this when my husband’s grandmother fell and broke her hip recently. She lives out of town and in a house that is not very appropriate for a person with limited mobility. At this point, we are not sure what type of long term care she will need, but having a family member act as a caregiver is a likely scenario. If a relative decides to take on a caregiver role, there are many pros and cons to consider. Pros of Being a Caregiver Peace of Mind-This is your relative that has loved and taken care of you. There is a certain pride and honor in caring for a relative who helped you become the person you are, and your relatives will likely be happier receiving care from you rather than a stranger. You also know the standard of care that is being provided to your loved one. Less Expense-Being a caregiver for a relative would be much less expensive than hiring an outsider or paying for a long term care facility. Bonding-When we leave home, we are often determined to do our ...

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