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Emotional Side of CaregivingLast post
Feelings of GuiltDo you ever feel that nothing you do is ever enough? That you are always short-changing someone--your job, the person you're providing care, your family, yourself? Do you resent being a caregiver yet feel guilty because you feel that way?0 Topics · 0 PostsNo topics yet!Subforums: Feeling guilty over losing feelings of intimacy
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Feelings of AngerWhy me? Why was I the one who was given the caregiver role? Just because I'm the oldest, the girl, the only child...why must I give up my life to take care of ____ until they die? Then they have the nerve to complain!.0 Topics · 0 PostsNo topics yet!Subforums: Feelings of Agression
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Feelings of Isolation and LonlinessI can't leave him alone because it's not safe and I have no one to stay with him so I never get away. No one calls or visits anymore. I live his life. It's as if I no longer exist. I feel so alone and invisible.0 Topics · 0 PostsNo topics yet!Subforums: Feelings of Depression
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Feelings of FearI'm afraid I will not know how to provide the care he needs; that I will miss a vital warning sign that causes him to die. I'm afraid everyone in the family will think I'm neglectling him if he's dirty or the house is not clean when someone drops in.0 Topics · 0 PostsNo topics yet!
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I have a Question To Ask About CaregivingLast post
Can caregivers receive pay for what they do?I've heard that some caregivers get paid for taking care of family members. Is that true? Can I get paid for taking care of my husband?1 Topic · 1 PostLast post: Can a family caregiver receive pay … · 2 months ago · Donna_Steigleder
Does the Americans with Disabilities Act apply to caregivers?I've heard that I have some protection under the ADA if my employer treats me like I have a disability just because my husband has cancer and I have to be careful not to be around anything infectious so I don't take it home to him.1 Topic · 1 PostLast post: ADA and Caregivers · 2 months ago · Donna_Steigleder
ADA and Caregivers
2 months ago · Donna_Steigleder
I'm eligible to use the Family Medical Leave Act at Work. My Supervisor asks me for a doctor's note every time I come in from a medical appointment for my Mom. Do I have to give one?Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the employer can ask for documentation to verify the need for time off for medical appointments within reason. What is "within reason" for requested medical documentation?1 Topic · 1 PostLast post: The Family and Medical Leave Act a … · 2 months ago · Donna_Steigleder
Please share your story of how you became a caregiver.Last post
Under what circumstances did you become a caregiver?How you become a caregiver often influences how you adapt to the role and the emotional experiences you encounter thereafter. In sharing our stories, we feel connected to others who have had similiar experiences to us and no longer feel as alone.0 Topics · 0 PostsNo topics yet!
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