Some people say that taking on a caring role feels more like a duty or obligation than an active choice. Values, beliefs and perceptions about the 'right thing to do' can make decision making difficult.

Spouses in particular say that honouring their wedding vows meant they didn't really have a choice. The expectations held by family, friends and your family member may also weigh heavily - as well as the expectations you hold of yourself.

Resource: Carers NSW Australia

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