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Care Giving

  • By: Michele L. Vancour
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Care giving is predominately used to describe the caretaking of someone who is chronically ill or disabled and is no longer able to care for him- or herself. Since this definition assumes that an individual was able at some point take care of him- or herself, it does not represent care of infants and young children. It does, however, include care giving for children with disabilities. The tasks associated in care giving of an infant, older child, adolescent, adult, or elderly person are basically the same. According to the National Family Caregivers Association, care giving consists of many emotional, financial, nursing, social, and homemaking services on a regular basis, including caring for someone who cannot dress, feed, go to the bathroom, or think for ...

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