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Are You Acting Like a Caregiver or a Care Partner?

DeathCare-partner-iStock-597642568 (1)Decades ago, when I began my caregiving life, I just did what I did. I’m not sure I was referred to as anything other than the daughter, the niece, or the mom, and I was too busy to care. However, as my elders became more dependent I began to hear myself, at least in medical settings, referred to as “the caretaker.” Somehow, that word made me grind my teeth. My loved ones were not a patch of land. They were not a house. They were not an object. Yet the term “caretaker” brought such images to mind.

 Read the full article on HealthCentral to learn more about the difference between acting like a caregiver vs. a care partner:       

Carol is the Candid Caregiver

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