Early Adult Caregivers: Characteristics, Challenges, and Intervention Approaches

  • Charles W. Given
  • Barbara A. Given
  • Paula Sherwood
  • Danielle DeVoss
Chapter
Part of the Caregiving: Research • Practice • Policy book series (CARE)

Abstract

I am 36 years old, married, with a 7-year-old girl. We live on a farm with my mother, who is 81. She has chronic leukemia, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, etc. She is currently recovering from pneumonia, which has left her very weak and in need of bladder catherization several times a day. My husband and daughter are very supportive, but my older brother and his family think that all they need to contribute is her supper a few nights a week. . . Now, I worry that if she should become beyond my ability to care for, she might end up in a rest home (Patricia, posted to http://www.caps4caregivers.org/ ).

Keywords

Fatigue Depression Leukemia Transportation Pneumonia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles W. Given
    • 1
  • Barbara A. Given
    • 2
  • Paula Sherwood
    • 3
  • Danielle DeVoss
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine, College of Human MedicineMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.College of NursingMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  3. 3.School of NursingUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  4. 4.Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, College of Arts and LettersMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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