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Many families have to care for an aging or ill relative at home, an undertaking that requires planning and support. In the American Medical Association Guide to Home Caregiving, Angela Perry, M.D., and the AMA draw upon the experience and advice of experts to address the emotional and practical aspects faced in home care. They cover home preparation, basic and special caregiving skills, choosing and paying a provider, long-term care, nursing home care, care for the caregiver and caring for someone who lives alone, someone with Alzheimer's disease and the terminally ill. Especially useful is a section on organizations and resources. This guide offers manageable alternatives to residential treatment.

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At some time, most families will need to provide home care for an aging family member who is ill or disabled. While home caregiving provides many benefits, it takes careful planning, support, and patience.

The American Medical Association Guide to Home Caregiving provides the information you need to take the best possible care of an elderly, ill, or disabled person in a home setting. Written by experts from the American Medical Association, the book explains such essentials as how to:

  • Plan and arrange a room to adapt to a loved one’s needs
  • Give medications, maintain hygiene, monitor symptoms, deal with incontinence, provide emotional support, and relieve boredom
  • Choose a home healthcare provider
  • Pay for home healthcare, including Medicare and Medicaid, and long-term care insurance
  • Care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a terminal illness
  • Choose between alternative living arrangements such as assisted living facilities or nursing homes
  • Take care of yourself, the caregiver

With advice that touches both the physical and the emotional aspects of caregiving, this supportive, practical handbook will help make the experience as successful and rewarding as possible for you and your loved one.

For more than 150 years, the American Medical Association has been the leading group of medical experts in the nation and one of the most respected health-related organizations in the world. The AMA continues to work to advance the art and science of medicine and to be an advocate for patients and the voice of physicians in the United States.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (September 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471414093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471414094
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My brother and I take care of my eighty-year-old mother. She has
diabetic neuropathy and can't walk. But she's a good kid and
we take care of her. This book has helped. Although the object of the book at first seems to be to develop a care plan; it really is a book of primary skills that you need in caregiving.
The book is best because you are not overwhelmed with 465 ways
to help your loved one. This is a primary and basic skills book.
Buy this book if you are new at caregiving and don't know where to start. Because the American Medical Associarion wrote it, I imagine that it would be good for all caregivers to buy it. I just love this book. It's like a Boy Scout manual. It's user-friendly for your brain. And sometimes simplicity can do more good that needless complications and theories. Thank you and I wish you luck.
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I am an Illinois legal aid attorney and owner of Southwest Medicals, an online medical supply and equipment business. I strongly recommend this book. Very informative, full of helpful tips and resources. This book helps make a challenging situation much easier. I also recommend The Comfort of Home, An Illustrated Step by Setp Guide for Caregivers, 2nd Edition, by Maria M Meyer.
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This book is a must-have for anyone responsible for realistic decision making about his/her ability to provide health care at home, as well as an excellent how-to guide for those who accept the inherent responsibilities of the caregiver. I consider it the one "best" guide of those available to meet the needs of the growing number of home caregivers.
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This guide is very practical and deals with all aspects of eldercare and caring to the caregiver. I highly recommend it.
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I purchased this book as a resource when my husband was dying of cancer. I wanted to be the best caregiver I could be during the painful, poignant process of caring for my sweetheart until he passed away, holding my hand and looking into my eyes. The AMA Guide to Home Caregiving gave me helpful information in a clear manner which helped me to support the love of my life during his last months of life.
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Excellent book with good and appropriate information and also supplies a variety of resources to contact for specific needs and questions. Addresses many of the issues families face in home care for a loved one in a concise and easy to read and understand format.
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This book is written for newbie caregivers, but can be used by veteran caregivers as well. It's very thorough in the topics covered, though there's not always a great deal of depth on any one subject. Still, it's one of the best I've seen in my decade of working with caregivers.
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I have found this book to be very helpful on so many levels. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is or will be a caregiver.
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