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Caregiver's Handbook: A Complete Guide to Home Health Care Paperback – March 5, 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (March 5, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789419696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789419699
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This handbook was written by experienced caregivers for those who are caring for the seriously ill. Volunteers and staff from the Visiting Nurse Associations of America and other volunteer aid societies provide practical tips on patient eating habits, moving the incapacitated, maintaining personal hygiene, adapting the home, dealing with legal and financial matters, and communicating with the patient. Other sections address the emotional needs of both patient and caregiver and provide sources of further information, and the text concludes with a form for recording personal data. This book has ample color illustrations and a clear, direct writing style, but the personal data record and first aid information make it more suitable for home collections. Libraries will be better served by Gene LeBoeuf's LeBoeuf's Home Health Care Handbook (Noel, 1996) and similar titles that provide extensive information on specific diseases and professional health associations.?Margaret Norden, Marymount Univ. Lib., Arlington, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen L. Emery on June 17, 2000
An extremely useful reference for safely caring for the sick or the elderly. Practical suggestions for everything from eyedrops to incontinence, including excellent illustrations of techniques and equipment. I've recommended it to several people.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 14, 2001
If someone close to you has become sick, disabled or aging is taking its toll, then the Visiting Nurse Association of America offers their advice on how to be a more effective caregiver. They realize that you also need support when providing care to others.

The first chapter explains how you can become a caregiver, the benefits of home care, how your relationship will change, how you should take time for yourself, how to understand how you are feeling and asks: "Are you coping?"

Home Hygiene, healthy eating, bed comfort, maintaining mobility, personal care, wound care, facing death, emergency care and communication is discussed in detail.

There are step-by-step photographs to show you how to change someone's position in bed or how to use a hair washing tray for those who are flat on their backs in bed. Since you will need to order supplies for home care, a complete section of useful addresses also includes Web site information.

There were a few items I had never thought of. If you are pushing someone in a wheelchair, you might want to lower the chair backwards down a stair as the occupant could fall out of the chair and even if you had tilted the chair backwards, it could become unstable. They also show how you can adapt a bathroom for someone who would otherwise need help and installing various items can help you save time.

There is a chart which explains the stages of grief. First you will go through denial, then anger and finally acceptance. Allowing yourself to go through these stages can be very healing and during the unsettling time of a death, you will take these steps, even as a caregiver. There are many sidebars with "case studies" which show how the advice can be used in real life.

A patients bill of rights is included.
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