5 Negative Effects of Long-term Caregiving
There are countless positive aspects to long-term caregiving, but those who’ve done it know that there are also negative effects, many lifelong. While some effects have been well studied during this last decade, there are changes that occur within most caregivers’ lives that are hard to measure. Some are nearly universal to caregivers, and some are perhaps more unique to the individual. Below is a short list from my personal experience when it comes to the negative effects of caregiving. You, the reader, may have additions and subtractions if you were to make your own list.
- Financial: Common negative aspects to caring for aging family members are direct financial loss from money paid out for items and/or services concerning care as well as the loss of wages if a wage earner quits a paying job or moves to part-time. Often worse, however, is the compounding of that loss because less money can be put aside for the caregiver’s own retirement. The eventual earnings from Social Security or an employer-subsidized 401K can take an enormous hit. The caregiver may find that many thousands of future dollars have been sacrificed in order to be a family caregiver.
- Physical: One study has shown that long-term caregiving…
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