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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1 edition (November 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738712248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738712246
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book will help the reader to be informed and an active caregiver as well as advocate." -- New Age Retailer, June/July 2008

"Easy to read, and easy to follow. You will find the author has great insight, experience, and knowledge in this area and you will find the help offered to be unbeatable. Take it from me, a person who has been there done that - this book would be a GODSEND when you are facing the illness of someone you love dearly." -- Family Product Review, June 2008

"I am very impressed with this outstanding book! Ms. Buck writes with both her heart and her head, and these combine to produce a richly informative guide to hospitalization. I highly recommend Hospital Stay Handbook to all readers, particularly those who have chronic medical problems in the family or anticipate hospitalization at a future time." -- Anita Grace Simpson, BellaOnline's Public Health Editor

"It's difficult enough to go through a protracted hospitalization and several near-death experiences with someone you love. Then you have to learn to navigate the hospital and health-delivery systems. But then to sit down and write out all that you have learned for other people to have as a guidebook to use when their loved ones are hospitalized, you demonstrate the depth of your love and caring for your fellow human beings. That warmth, caring, dedication and basic, common-sense information were so evident in your appearance on Full Power Living, Jari, as well as in The Hospital Stay Handbook." -- Ilene Dillon, MSW, Host of Full Power Living

Readers will admire [the author's] assertiveness and appreciate details of her positive and negative experiences with hospitals and staff. -- Library Journal

About the Author

Jari Holland Buck is an Organizational Consultant with more than 20 years experience in retail, wholesale, discount, high technology, manufacturing and service-related corporations. She specializes in leadership and organizational development, team-based interventions, employee involvement strategies in traditionally non-employee involved activities, executive coaching, career consultation and labor/management partnerships.
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She founded The Holland Group in 1986 and changed the name to Majestic Wolf Consulting in 2001 to reflect a shift in both personal and professional demeanor.
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During her corporate career she held positions in all departments and at all levels of organizations from sales clerk and the first ever female Management Trainee for Montgomery Ward to National Director of Training for Target Stores. As a consultant, her work has taken her to both traditional and creative clients, unionized and non-unionized environments and the public and private sector.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Nesselrode on December 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
Jari Holland Buck has an innate ability to communicate practical guidance and instruction to simplify complex issues. Her history with the health care field in supporting her husband through his life threatening illness has given her a special insight that she now shares with everyone in her book, Hospital Stay Handbook. I have no doubt that the guidance Jari provides will benefit many lives to come.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Bryden on March 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Jari saw her husband go through hell over several months, including "dying" several times. She saw dedicated healthcare professionals who did only a fair and sometimes poor job coordinating his treatment because of the way the system works. She learned from first-hand experience that the patient's family or a hired advocate needs to act quickly and regularly to ensure that the right treatment occurs at the right time in the right way. I know because I was there, too. Jari has done a masterful job of capturing her experience and the lessons learned from it in her timely and critically-important book. Read it now...so you're ready when the unpredictable time comes!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grateful Patient on May 15, 2008
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Hospital Stay Handbook summarizes the essential issues needed to ensure your loved ones will survive a trip to any hospital regardless of duration. Ms. Buck lifts the "White Curtain" on standard operating polices calculated to cause harm to patients - policies not intended to harm, of course, just not carefully and tightly managed by the hospital system. She explains the concept of "body part Doctors" who see the patient as a Liver, Lung or Spleen, not a human being. The most important message Ms. Buck delivers is "be there 24/7" or expect the worse. Our family's experience bears testimony to her advice that some family members must be at or near bedside continuously - the consequences of not doing so are dire.

A Grateful Patient
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Holly Fritch on May 4, 2008
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Jari Buck has authored a book that enables the family of a patient to potentially make a most significant difference in the outcome of the loved one. The text imparts good common sense, as well as needed encouragement to step up to the bat and participate.

A serious illness can generate overwhelming fear and depression, which of course, makes it difficult for someone to become engaged in the process of healing. Yet, problem solving and just helping out when the staff is stretched too thin can work miracles.

Just try...and if you're lacking in ideas, please read Jari Buck's book.

Holly Fritch, M.D.
Leawood, KS
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Walker on April 4, 2008
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Jari's book is an excellent guide for anyone who has, or will someday, endure a hospital event. I have a husband, a son, and a Grandmother who have all recently experienced hospitalizations. The advice in her book changed the way I interacted with hospital staff and pushed us to make sure our legal documents were in order. My husband and I have Durable Medical Power of Attorney forms -- make sure this is in your arsenal of highly important legal documents. Jari's book will make you cry, make you mad, but hopefully wake you up to the grim fact that advocacy is going to have to be one of your new skills if you have a loved one in the hospital.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RLG on May 2, 2008
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I purchased this book for my healthy, yet aging parents who have been facing some hospital stays recently. I was concerned they could be 'wiser consumers'.

Having a book lay out the risks and true dangers and how to prepare in advance is extremely valuable. The idea of 'advocacy' and advance preparation in this field strife with land mines is aided by Jari's unfortunate personal experience.

Thank you, Jari.
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