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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071621091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071621090
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Using their experience running a successful international company providing in-home, non-medical services for seniors, husband-and-wife founders of Home Instead Senior Care offer a helpful guide for families choosing among home care-giving and other assisted-living options for aging or ailing parents. The Hogans believe in helping seniors stay in their homes as long as possible, and knowledge is their most powerful tool in securing that goal; this well-researched volume is packed with information, advice and resources aimed at managing and ameliorating the sadness, confusion, guilt and anxiety of making quality-of-life decisions for a loved one. Emphasizing the need for planning, the Hogans offer a list of signs that indicate it's time to consider additional care, as well as a thorough exploration of the options, including pros and cons, questions to ask and other factors when choosing among home care, senior centers, assisted living and nursing homes. The Hogans also consider options for children who live far away from their parents, and advice on what to do when siblings find themselves in disagreement. Recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, this salient volume compassionately addresses a full range of hard-to-discuss subjects, including funeral services and bereavement.

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Using their experience running a successful international company providing in-home, non-medical services for seniors, husband-and-wife founders of Home Instead Senior Care offer a helpful guide for families choosing among home care-giving and other assisted-living options for aging or ailing parents. The Hogans believe in helping seniors stay in their homes as long as possible, and knowledge is their most powerful tool in securing that goal; this well-researched volume is packed with information, advice and resources aimed at managing and ameliorating the sadness, confusion, guilt and anxiety of making quality-of-life decisions for a loved one.

Emphasizing the need for planning, the Hogans offer a list of signs that indicate it’s time to consider additional care, as well as a thorough exploration of the options, including pros and cons, questions to ask and other factors when choosing among home care, senior centers, assisted living and nursing homes. The Hogans also consider options for children who live far away from their parents, and advice on what to do when siblings find themselves in disagreement. Recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, this salient volume compassionately addresses a full range of hard-to-discuss subjects, including funeral services and bereavement. (Nov.)

(Publisher's Weekly 2009-10-13)

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I would highly recommend this book for all who need it.
Royal M. Gray
Provides insight to potential outcomes for seniors and hundreds of useful references for help and advice.
Ross Marzolf
This is a must read for anyone going through the aging process or taking care of someone that is.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By David Weigelt on December 18, 2009
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Let me start by saying that, in full disclosure, I have the privilege of working with Paul and Lori's company by providing marketing services (including the marketing of this book). Whereas it might not normally be appropriate (or credible) for me to post a review of a client's book, my personal experience has moved me to a point that I would feel guilty if I didn't share.

On December 3, 2009, I attended one of Paul's book signings in Fairfax, Virginia. The night before the event I stayed up late rereading the book in preparation for what was to be a large event with several hundred caregivers from the Washington, DC area. The event itself was a typical book signing with Paul doing a great job of personally reaching out to as many of the attendees as time would allow.

Over the course of a couple hours, my job was to video tape as many testimonials as I could from the various caregivers, social workers and other health and aging-related professionals. By the end of the day, I was overwhelmed by the stories of sacrifice (which I consistently hear from caregivers) and how sorely a resource like Stages of Senior Care is needed.

On my drive home I began to feel guilty that I had never shared Stages, or any of Home Instead's caregiver resources, with my own family. You see, my wife's grandparents are 94-years old and had moved home from Florida about three years ago to be closer to family. They were in relative good health when they moved back and made the choice to stay independent by moving into a senior apartment complex.

Over the past couple of years, their health has deteriorated in what seem to be pits and falls (literally). With each of these instances, I watched them grow increasingly dependent on my wife's parents for their care.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kay Paggi on March 1, 2010
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This book will be helpful to those providing care to older adults across a wide spectrum of needs. It is a basic caregiving guide that could ease the burden of care for many years and in many differing care situations. The authors had previously developed a concept called the `40-70 Rule' a guide to how to start the conversation about future care needs. This guide is available free online at [...]. After initial introductory chapters, the book begins with a chapter set at the beginning of the caregiving journey with the care receiver living independently in the community. There are suggestions about how to make the environment safer and guidelines about the costs of these safety measures, and a discussion about the pros and cons of remaining in one's home. At the end of the chapter there are valuable online resources.

The book follows this format of discussion of issues, pros and cons, cost, and resources for caregiving scenarios as they become progressively more challenging from assisted living to the end of life. The Hogans' are the founders and owners of the home care agency Home Instead. I expected the book to be biased in favor of remaining at home with in-home assistance. I was wrong. The book fairly presents the problems and expenses involved in staying in one's home alongside other options and their problems and costs, with discussions of the advantages and disadvantages of each possibility. The resources at the end of chapters are thoroughly researched.

The book continues with discussions of funeral options and expenses that may be especially valuable for families of modest means or with family members living far from the care receiver. There are chapters on financing care, complicating issues, and an excellent chapter on taking care of the caregiver.

I highly recommend this book, and will include it as a resource for everyone in my Eldercare/ Caregiver classes.
Kay Paggi, LPC, NCGC, Certified Care Manager
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By F. H. GROSSMAN on October 23, 2009
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This is a must read for anyone going through the aging process or taking care of someone that is. A complete and comprehensive resource with tons of expert contributors and links.... buy one and read it today. Have it ready for friends and other family members.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Debra Nichols on November 19, 2009
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I'm 47 and my parents are 82 and 73. Are they going to be able to stay at home? If so, what will it take? Are they better off downsizing? Do they have enough money? What does it all cost? My friends are all in the same position I am. Our parents are aging and unlike their parents (when there were very few options) we don't want to see them in nursing homes. A must read for all baby boomers with aging parents.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Gest on November 5, 2009
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This book is a wonderful resource. For adult children of aging parents it answers all of the questions about senior care that allows them to make smart, financially prudent decisions. I wish this book had been available years ago but it's not too late for people who are faced with determining the best course of action for the senior family members that they love. I highly recommend this book -- it's the Dr. Spock book for the "other end" of the aging cycle!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kelly J. Hutchison on February 5, 2010
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I gave this book to a friend whose parents were getting older. They had health issues and needed help around the house and could not drive anymore. He was considering placing them in a nursing home but did not want to uproot them from their cherished memories and surroundings. He reported to me that the book helped him talk to his parents. They all became more aware of the range of options and services avaialble to help people live safely at home.
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