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This article describes problems facing family caregivers of elderly, ill, or disabled people. The physical and emotional impact of caregiving is explored, and the concept of role fatigue is discussed to assist nurses in understanding caregivers' problems and needs. Motivational factors for becoming a caregiver and community sources of support are addressed. Rehabilitation nurses are challenged both to accept the responsibility of identifying caregiver role problems, and to help caregivers obtain assistance that will enable them to continue family members' care in a home environment.