14It is a mistake to view caregiving as typified by burden, by negative
effects on carers' physical, emotional, social and financial well-being.
About four out of five are content with their life as a whole, its
personal, emotional and financial aspects, and the amount of freedom
and independence they have. Most feel supported by family and
friends and most get a great deal of satisfaction caring for their
relative or friend. Only a minority feel angry and resentful. Nevertheless, it is true that as a group they report poorer health, more
anxiety and depression, more overload and social isolation than those
with usual family reponsibilities. Particularly affected are parents,
young carers generally, and those caring for a person with a mental
disability and associated behaviour problems. Caregiving therefore
presents a distinct area of need.The aim of this chapter is thus to draw together a number of the
policy and practice implications of the VCP research and health
promotion activities. In so doing, we have used a number of underlying principles for providing services. These include the desirability
KEY FINDINGS AND
|• ||a positive regard for caregivers and the social role they fill|
|• ||attributing to caregivers a specific, independent client status alongside the care-recipient, because of the stresses and needs that
arise from their caregiving role;|
|• ||a preventive approach to providing information and engaging
formal and informal supports|
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Family Caregivers:Disability, Illness, and Ageing.
Contributors: Hilary Schofield - Editor, Sidney Bloch - Editor, Helen Herrman - Editor, Barbara Murphy - Editor, Julie Nankervis - Editor, Singh - Editor.
Publisher: Allen & Unwin.
Place of publication: St. Leonards, N.S.W..
Publication year: 1998.
Page number: 223.
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