Why women saddled with caregiving need support, breaks

Caregiving women
Assisted living, like in the western countries, has not picked up in India. But there is considerable demand for services catering to assisted healthcare at home, say experts. | Photo - iStock

Rajini K, a 63-year-old homemaker, barely steps out of her house. She is so caught up with taking care of her ailing mother-in-law (87) that there is with no time left for herself. Rajini's life revolves largely around  her mother-in-law — from ensuring she is fed on time to getting her to change her clothes after she is given a bath and making her wear a diaper at night.

“I have always been a homemaker since I got married almost 40 years ago. So when my father-in-law began to ail almost a decade ago, I automatically became his caregiver," she says.

Ten years after her father-in-law passed away, Rajini has donned the role again, this time for her mother-in-law. “I do it willingly, but I also wish that I got a small break from my routine," she says.

Rajini is among the countless women in the world who take up the responsibility of taking care of an ailing aged relative or someone who needs assistance in their sunset years.
Traditionally the ones taking care of the household, women are often the ideal caregivers because they are often healthier and outlive their male counterparts.

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