Care Partner versus Caregiver

Posted Oct 11th, 2019 in Caring for Others

Those who provide care may wish to consider themselves care partners, rather than caregivers.

In the age of advocacy for people living with dementia, those who provide care are invited to consider themselves care partners, rather than caregivers.

While this change in language reflects the nuanced nature of the care interaction, it can also contribute to feelings of guilt about the challenges of caring.

Dr. Didyk shares the inspirational story of Vera and Joe, and how the legacy of being a care partner can have a lasting effect on the community.

1 comment

  • Brent Mackinnon on Feb 22nd, 2021
    Hello, I agree with your recommendation to use "Care Partner" rather than Care Giver and Care Receiver. The use of the term "giver" implies that one person (the giver) is more powerful (with better health)than the receiver. I believe the giver and receiver terms can label the exchange and defines the roles. The labeling of the relationship can keep people apart rather than making room for more effective connecting between Care Partners. With "Care Partner" terminology, I believe there is a sense (mindset) of mutuality and equality present. Each person has equal stature as a care partner. Each partner has their place on a health continuum as the aging process unfolds. Recognizing that fact can make room for more constructive connecting between partners. I have been using the "giver and receiver" language in my work with seniors struggling with isolation and dementia. Your suggestion that using Care Partner terminology better represents what is actually going on between people has resonated with me. thank you for asking the question. Brent

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