Primary Caregiver

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The authors state there is one person as the primary caregiver, who is identified by the care recipient; this caregiver is responsible for the majority of the caregiver tasks and decision making. The next caregiver role is the secondary caregiver(s) who is identified by the primary caregiver; this caregiver implements tasks at the same level as the primary caregiver, but without the same degree of responsibility (Dilworth-Anderson et al., 1999) The third caregiver role that may be included in the family eldercare structure is as a tertiary caregiver, who is also identified by the primary caregiver as well; this caregiver provides care together with the primary caregiver, but has little to none decision making responsibilities regarding the
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