Why Secondary Caregivers Need to Ask “Permission to Board”

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Best practices in caregiving means there is a primary caregiver (captain of the caregiving ship), at least one or two secondary caregivers (first mates) and many tertiary caregivers (dock hands). A primary caregiver/captain often provides hands-on care for a loved one but also coordinates logistics. A secondary caregiver/first mate is someone either providing support to the primary caregiver/captain or does something specific on behalf of the loved one who needs care. Tertiary caregivers/dock hands just offer support to the primary caregiver. Here are some tips on how secondary caregivers (first mates) can join the caregiving crew:

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