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Provides a lifespan perspective on caregiving provided by family and friends
Conceptualizes caregiving in context with environmental factors based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) framework
Addresses the complex interaction between professional caregivers, family caregivers, and persons with disabilities
Examines physical and mental health issues that affect caregivers
Caring for people with disabilities often becomes an all-encompassing responsibility for one or more family members. To manage the multifaceted demands, caregivers must possess strong multitasking skills, including the ability to assist with daily life tasks; provide emotional support; help with financial affairs; mediate and advocate with health care providers. Maintaining balance within their own lives can become incredibly challenging for caregivers. More often than not, providing care for family members or loved ones occurs at the expense of the caregivers’ well-being. And for caregivers who themselves have disabilities, it further complicates matters.
Multiple Dimensions of Caregiving and Disability addresses concerns that have been long familiar to the caregiver population and examines the current state of family care for individuals with disabilities. With a lifespan perspective, this concise reference reviews the literature on specific problems of caregivers and explores which care strategies are effective, promising, or lacking in available resources and support interventions. Contributors also explore the more fluid and subjective aspects of caregiving, such as feelings, spirituality, and family roles. Suggestions for future policy improvements, particularly within the public health sector, are discussed as well.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Care - Caregiver - Caregiving - Children - Developmental disabilities - Disability - Family dynamics - ICF - Intellectual disabilities - Legal issues - Parents - Public health - Support programs - Technologies - Training