Caregiver – Care Recipient Issues

Issues between caregivers and care receivers can cause a great deal of stress for service providers. Service providers can mistakenly assume that the expectations, values and goals of caregivers and care recipients are always in alignment. Service providers need to be aware that caregivers experiencing family conflict have significantly higher perceived burden and poorer mental health than caregivers without conflict. Service providers can only provide relevant services through understanding, respecting and anticipating the potential for differences between caregivers and care recipients. Effective partnerships between formal and informal caregivers depend on understanding diverse family perspectives such as the following.

Each of the following elaborates on issues that can arise between caregivers and care receivers. Quotes from caregivers and service providers further illustrate issues. Resources and practical tips for addressing issues between caregivers and care recipients are suggested.

  1. Caregivers and care recipients may not agree on service options or most appropriate plan of care
  2. Family dynamics
  3. Role expectations between caregivers and care recipients
  4. Generational Issues

Resources and practical tips for addressing issues between caregivers and care recipients.

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