We dedicate ourselves to clients and when the assignment we are not needed. ): What I am asking is....when the assignment is over, even if we've been the sole source of care for a year or more.....we are no longer needed. We are not their "family." The sense of being irrelevant....not connected is affecting my heart lately. I have a wonderful family. It just wouldn't occur to me to be that cold and disconnected to a care giver we might have in our family.