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From the Caregiver's Perspective
PG, 83, lives in western New York, 60 miles south of Buffalo. While visiting her daughter and son-in-law for Christmas in 2004, she was hospitalized with pneumonia. After discharge, she recuperated for a few days at her daughter’s and then, although weakened, returned to her home. Early in January, she slipped from her recliner, broke a hip, and was hospitalized for a hip prosthesis. From there she went to a nursing home for rehabilitation but shortly after became ill and was hospitalized in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she eventually required a colectomy and ileostomy. From late December to mid-February, her daughter, SH, was by her side. In mid-February, PG came by ambulance to a nursing home in Syracuse for further rehabilitation. She was able to go back to her home in early April 2005. In the following paragraphs, PG’s caregiver describes the various dilemmas that can beset both patient and family as they try to navigate the health care system...
Also: Culture & caregiving, When primary caregiver is not family.