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Family caregiving in the home

Kelli Stajduhar and Robin Cohen

in Family Carers in Palliative Care

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216901
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730252 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216901.003.0009
Family caregiving in the home

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This chapter reviews the available literature on the impact on family members when they provide care to an individual dying at home, and makes recommendations about strategies that might help in supporting family carers in their roles. Family carers play a critical role in maintaining terminally ill patients comfortably at home, but they require education and care to do so effectively. While caring for a family member at the end of life will always be difficult, the appropriate effort of society to support carers will increase the chances that the experience is, on the whole, more positive, and does not threaten the well-being of the carer.

Keywords: home; family members; palliative care; terminally ill patients; societal support

Chapter.  8514 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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