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This paper examines factors regarding selecting care for one's elderly parents - the balance of work and caregiving; choosing an agency or home; guardianship; involvement of other family members and finally the stress factor. The paper also looks at one theory about caregiving known as the exchange theory.
From the Paper:"Some of these changes will come through health care reform. Granted, Medicare and Medicaid help a lot with parent caregiving, but they do not go far enough. One perfect example is the situation of immigrant elderly parents. Parent caregiving for immigrant parents is utterly non-existent on the federal and state government agendas, and this creates a situation in which elderly Americans' health deteriorates because minor conditions are exacerbated via missed doctor visits and checkups.
It is simply too expensive to care for an immigrant elderly parent in this country, and the resulting health care decisions are often highly inefficient, not to mention destructive for the parents' health too.
Some provisions must be made for caring for these elderly immigrant parents who cannot live on their own and support themselves.
These changes will not solve the problems of parent caregiving in America; they will, however, make it easier for the adult children to exercise their reciprocal roles and ensure their parents longer, happier, healthier lives."
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Parent Caregiving (2005, October 13) Retrieved November 28, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/essay/parent-caregiving-61585/
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