Caregiving spouses may also be compensating for the true daily needs of their partner. Because your father is caring for your mom 24-7, he sees everything—for better, for worse. He may not tell you just how bad the “for worse” parts are, instead, focusing his updates on the better. Although positivity in caregiving is important, this kind of denial can lead to dangerous outcomes for both parents. It’s vital that adult children dig deeper when it comes to the status of caregiving life at home—and make recommendations for support sooner.
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