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The Caregiver Helpbook, Powerful Tools for Caregivers Paperback – 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Legacy Caregiver Services; 2nd edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978544803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978544805
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book for use as a textbook in a 6 week class for caregivers. The focus is on the caregiver and how that person can manage stress, their feelings, keep some semblance of a meaningful life, and if you are a spouse there are tools for separating your caregiving time from marriage time. A year later I still use the tools provided and keep the "Helpbook" handy for reference. Taking care of yourself first is #1 priority. Sixty percent of caregivers die before the person being cared for. One thought I remind myself of frequently....remember the pre-flight instructions given by the flight attendant...."Put the oxygen mask on yourself first, THEN you can help the person next to you. "
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Very important for those of us with disabled loved ones or aging parents. I bought one for a friend I like it so much.

The large format is very helpful. I got a used copy with a few highlights and notes on it, but didn't affect the value.

It could even be helpful for those taking care of their own children, because there are so many self-help things in it - you can't take care of ANYONE unless you take care of yourself first.
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Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius

1987 Vicki Schmall, Ruth Stiehl Oregon State University filmed The Dollmaker: wife caring for husband with Alzheimer's. The Dollmaker opens six week 2.5hr/week Powerful Tools for Caregivers education class uniform throughout the world, being manual driven.

Each class follows The Caregiver Helpbook: self-care (walking, talking with friends, support group, counseling for caregiver burnout, National Geographic: Stress - Portrait of a Killer and resulting depression, inappropriate guilt, stress-induced stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, infection, obesity, diabetes), resources (area agency on aging, senior services, in-home health care, hospice), obtaining advice (will, ethical will, power of attorney for financial matters, healthcare power of attorney, advanced directive, POLST, durable power of attorney, trusts, CPA, paying insurance health house taxes, becoming an employer of in-home healthcare services, danger of reverse mortgages), accepting help (estate auctioneers contact dealers, sell for commission, real estate auctioneers sell real esate, you are not obligated to accept a price if you feel it does not fit your expectation, property managers will rent maintain collect rents for income for the care receiver, or the home may be listed for sale although the current market is being maintained by investers looking for cheap buys), driving issues, mourning grieving loss of companionship, shared former life.

Continue to socialize, the most damage occurs for both your loved one and you as caregiver by withdrawing from social support (Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection).
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I teach a caregiver class called Powerful Tools for Caregivers and this is the textbook.
It is about the importance of self-care when your life is devoted to caring for a loved one.
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Far too basic - essentially, it said not to try to do it all yourself - enlist the aid of others. I didn't need a book for that.
However, the vendor was super quick, so that was a plus.
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