Sunday, December 13, 2009
Care Recipient? No, That's My Mom!
I heard someone talking on the radio this weekend, I am not sure who it was, but I believe she was a caregiving professional. She referred to those we care for as a care recipient, which of course means a person who receives care. But the sound of that seemed to me to be very sterile, indifferent...even cold. We who are caregivers, are giving that care to our mom, our dad, our son or daughter, or some other family member, even a friend. They are not 'recipients' to us, they are people we love, and in many cases are losing. To give them a label such as 'care recipient' is to me, less then tender or caring concerning, not just our feelings, but certainly the feelings of those we care for should they be able to understand that label. I apologize if I offend anyone in this statement, but I had to share how I felt about it.