Although their experiences have not been well represented in the research literature, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (LGBTQ) persons have long been involved in providing care to partners and loved ones in need. This entry provides basic information on caregiving, including definitions of caregiving roles and duties and descriptions of the positive and negative outcomes of care provision. It also offers much-needed insight into the unique experiences of LGBTQ caregivers.

Caregiving for Adults, Children, and Elders

Caregiving is the practice of providing assistance to another individual as well as finding and managing supplemental care in the community. Caregiving roles can be either formal or informal. Formal caregivers include paid professionals, such as home health aides and visiting nurses. Informal caregivers are often parents, spouses, partners, family, ...

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