Story: Diverse families

Family caring work

Family caring work

Caring at home for family members with special needs is an important practice for many families. Lose Tuileila (28), left, has been the full-time caregiver for her aunt, Kolotita Tupeou (right), and her grandmother, Otolose Tupeou, for the last 17 years. Lose's aunt is wheelchair-bound after a childhood accident, and her grandmother has arthritis, a heart condition and poor sight. In Lose's family, caring for other family members at home is a priority. Lose grew up with her aunt and grandmother and when they needed her help, she felt she 'just had to do it'.

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Rosemary Du Plessis and Candice Diggelmann, 'Diverse families - Different family practices', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 January 2022)

Story by Rosemary Du Plessis and Candice Diggelmann, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 Jun 2018