ABSTRACT

This chapter discusses strategies that social workers can use to facilitate caregiver self-care. The functional age model of intergenerational treatment (Greene, 1986, 1994, 2000) provides a framework to explore the context of caregiving, including the developmental course, challenges, rewards, coping methods, and consequences of caregiving for a variety of clients. The chapter continues with a description of the process of assessing and intervening with caregivers to foster healthy self-care practices.