Families as Caregivers
How are we to understand and live our lives when the moral demands made upon us require more than we can give, more than we can make any sense of, and-in our society at least-more than commands much respect and admiration? I raise this disturbing question in the context of a developing trend to return to families and the home the long-term care of the chronically ill and those in need of rehabilitation.’ The assumption behind the promotion of this trend is that families will, with some modest degree of social support, be able practically to manage such care, and have the moral, psychological, and spiritual strength to do so.
KeywordsFamily Caregiver Family Care Moral Rule Moral Demand Religious Culture
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