Relying on family members and other non-professional caregivers to provide assistance
can reduce or eliminate the immediate monetary costs of long term care, but it demands
a significant investment of time and energy. In addition, many individuals occasionally
or regularly require physical personal care like lifting a patient out of bed or care
that only a trained professional can provide.
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Family members and friends generally provide assistance without expecting payment,
eliminating many financial concerns.
You may require care that your loved one is not trained to provide, such as the
care provided by a registered nurse or therapist or care that your loved one is
not physically able to provide like lifting and transferring.
The opportunity to help you may strengthen your relationships with family members
Changing demands and responsibilities can create stress, overburden loved ones,
and potentially damage family relationships or the caregivers' health.
The routine companionship of those closest to you may mitigate the loneliness sometimes
experienced by those in need of care.
Those that one has the closest relationship with might not be geographically close enough
to help on a regular basis. Professional caregiving services will still likely be needed
to relieve family members at least occasionally.