Chapter 2 follows the chronology of caregiving, and, where relevant, ties steps in the caregiving process to background laws affecting hands-on care. Becoming a caregiver typically begins when the parent shares the news of a serious illness or terminal condition with the family. This information serves as a catalyst for all members of the family to focus on the needs of the seriously ill parent. The chapter explores how families managed the demands of time and energy that hands-on physical and medical care required.
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