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Stages of Senior Care: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Making the Best Decisions Paperback – November 3, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It has now been 5 yrs. since mom moved in.
The book is very helpful, for the road ahead is not going to be easy.
All the help one can get, and more. Read more
Good reference material, but also a bit of advertising for their company.Published 10 months ago by C. Chesnut
I work for this company and found this information to be very good for anyone...Published 10 months ago by marylwenning
Most of the useful information is in the last two thirds of the book. If you can make it though the first third you will find many resources.Published 13 months ago by Artichokeacres
General knowledge. Somewhat dated...novice material. Hoping for more specifics and examples from experiences. The chapter on the end of life was the most informative.Published 14 months ago by Collila