The parents or whoever is assuming the caregiver role
grieves for the healthy child who "was", while making the adjustment to the chronically ill child who "is" and will continue to be.
Immediate family members most often take on the informal caregiver role
When caregiver roles
expanded beyond instrumental tasks (cf.
However, in assuming the primary caregiver role
, family members often have minimal understanding of the person's diagnosis, treatment regime or future care needs.
Specifically, Johnston provided an example of caregiver role
Applying this theory to caregiver marriage, one could assert that the demands inherent in the caregiver role
and role of spouse (in addition to other roles such as parent and career person) could exceed the resources or capabilities of the couple, resulting in feelings of stress.
Alzheimer's has changed the routine and the nature of the Georges' marriage, as Colleen has moved into the caregiver role
and Jim into the one cared for.
Many women seek counseling related to interpersonal relationship needs, and many of these women place their spouse's needs ahead of their own (Eichenbaum & Orback, 1983), often experiencing stress from the demands of the caregiver role
, especially at the expense of personal fulfillment (Nelson, 1996).
She stopped everything to care for her mother and assumed the caregiver role
in the domestic sphere.
Gender differences in spouse management of the caregiver role
The present study was conducted to determine the best predictors of caregiver depression at onset of the caregiver role
among persons providing care to stroke survivors.
adding formal services or passing on the primary caregiver role
to more able members of the family) and the role other chronic health conditions play in the complexity of informal caregiving - and the potential benefit of case management to this role.