The Perfect Fake Independence

Donna Thomson

While Donna Thomson was browsing an online caregiver support group, she read a post that shed light on a relatable scenario: the subtle art of crafting an illusion of “fake independence” for our loved ones in need of care.

The post compared it to nurturing a plant, only to credit someone else when it blossoms, highlighting the intricate complexities of caregiving. This reflection prompts us to question the fine line between preserving dignity and acknowledging dependency. As the hidden support systems we build are exposed by crises like a broken hip, it’s time to reevaluate the narratives we construct.

Read more about Donna’s thoughts on genuine support in caregiving on her blog, The Caregivers’ Living Room.

Special thanks to Donna Thomson for sharing her insights into family caregiving.

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