Nursing support of family caregivers.

M. H. Brackley, R. F. Meadows

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The relationship between caregiver and elder is a unique one. It cannot be compared to a mother-infant dyad; there is no role reversal. Family caregiving is undertaken out of a sense of filial obligation on the family's part coupled with the needs of the elderly person. The relationship that emerges is based on the dependency of one adult on another and is functional for the family and for society at large. We need families to continue to care for their elderly members at home and families need us to insure their survival. We must constantly be aware that care needs increase over the years, whereas family resources do not. Nursing by its very nature is tied to insuring that families are given the guidance and assistance with which to meet these needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-20
Number of pages7
JournalDimensions in oncology nursing : journal of the Division of Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1989
Externally publishedYes

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  • Medicine(all)


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