Health-care professionals spend a great deal of their lives caring for others in office, community, and hospital settings. However, with people living longer, the physician role of caregiver is often expanded to include the care of one’s parent(s) or elder family members in a home setting. The objectives of this article are to understand the perspectives and personal considerations for health-care providers who become caregivers to their parents and to review useful strategies when one assumes this role. Personal aspects such as work schedules and family interactions, as well as practical aspects such as preparing the house and personal emergency response devices, among many other topics, are reviewed. This article is not meant to be a complete guide but will offer guidance on how to anticipate and prepare before these life-changing events occur. We aim to have this article be relevant to physicians of any age, as many younger physicians...
When the Physician Becomes the Caregiver: A Review for Physicians Caring for Their Elder Relatives
Drs Ben-Isaac and Serwint have disclosed no financial relationship relevant to this article. The manuscript does not contain any discussion of an unapproved/investigative use of a commercial product/device.
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Eyal Ben-Isaac, Janet R. Serwint; When the Physician Becomes the Caregiver: A Review for Physicians Caring for Their Elder Relatives. Pediatr Rev August 2021; 42 (8): 405–413. https://doi.org/10.1542/pir.2020-002006
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