Title

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Moral Dilemmas of Informal Caregiving

Publication Title

Binghamton Journal of Philosophy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Abstract

This paper analyzes the moral dilemmas encountered by informal caregivers and makes suggestions for how these burdens can be eased. It first discusses the moral dilemmas and resulting moral regrets experienced by caregivers, providing some examples of the burdens experienced by caregivers in today’s society. It then analyzes some of the options currently available to caregivers and discusses how these options result in moral regret. The final section makes some preliminary suggestions for changes that can be made to improve the lives of caregivers and their dependents. These suggestions are based on existing systems that have been successful in other countries. This paper argues that the options currently available to informal caregivers in our society create a moral residue dilemma for the caregiver that ought to be, and can be, ameliorated through the rearrangement of societal priorities and institutions.

Comments

External Links

Philosophy Documentation Center

Recommended Citation

Allison M. Whelan, Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Moral Dilemmas of Informal Caregiving, 2 Binghamton J. Phil. (2014).

Volume

2

Issue

1

First Page

155

Last Page

181

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