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PAC stands for Positive Aspects of Caregiving


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The latter finding relates to a smaller but growing body of literature examining the positive aspects of caregiving; an area that has been largely neglected in the caregiving literature [9]. Yet studies reveal that providing care to a family member can decrease anxiety and depression, increase a sense of fulfillment and self-esteem, and bring greater closeness in the relationship [10–12]. Indeed, qualitative studies where the caregiving role is explored in more depth have identified more of the positive aspects to this role [4, 5].
Some emotions experienced by family caregivers during the transition to becoming a caregiver include resentment, grief, frustration and a decreased relationship with the care receiver [5]. There is a strong need for caregivers and their relative to be supported from diagnosis onward [6]. Unfortunately, although it is a much-needed role, family caregiving has been associated with negative outcomes such as social isolation, depression, emotional and physical strain, poor physical health and decreased ability to work [7]-[9]. While much of the research focuses on burden and other negative aspects of family caregiving, positive aspects of caregiving.
Even though stroke caregivers have to deal with the huge amount of physical, emotional, and financial burden, most caregivers are satisfied with their current life, and have positive feeling about caregivers roles. 6 12 28 37 About 17% of caregivers in one study6 reported that caregiving improved their relationship with care recipients. Further studies are needed to systematically examine both negative aspects and positive aspects of caregiving.