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assessment, burden, empowerment, occupation



  1. Moghimi, Christine MAS, OTR


This article explores the growing phenomenon of caregiving in the United States: the current condition, the rewards, and the challenges of this occupation. This article also examines the profession of occupational therapy and what it can offer to the training of caregivers, incorporating its philosophical foundation, evolving science, holistic approaches, and treatment techniques. The basic tenets of occupational therapy education and practice include empowerment, client-centered focus, cultural diversity, and health literacy. These components, with further development and focus by the profession, will enable caregivers to become not only more equal members of the healthcare team but also more successful and satisfied in caring for themselves even as they care for others in need.