Recognizing the family caregiver: integral and formal members of the rehabilitation process
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Radical and emerging changes in health care service delivery systems and steady increases in the number of chronic health conditions have shifted more responsibility to family caregivers of people with disabilities. These caregivers essentially operate as formal health care providers who receive little or no recognition, support, or preparation from health care systems. In this article, major societal and psychological issues in caregiving are discussed. We also explore interventions to prepare and assist caregivers that effectively integrate them into the rehabilitation process.
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Elliott, T. R., & Shewchuk, R. M.