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The Caregiver's Notebook: An Organizational Tool and Support to Help You Care for Others Spiral-bound – November 1, 2014
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Are the medical concerns of an aging parent, a loved one with a disability, or a child with special needs threatening to overwhelm you? You’re not alone. The National Alliance on Caregiving reports over 36 million people in the US are caring for a loved one. Many discover they need a resource that can organize their caregiving journey and ensure that essential details are not misplaced in the process.
Inside The Caregiver’s Notebook, you’ll find practical tools and information, as well as thoughtful nuggets of spiritual comfort, including:
• Encouraging Scripture verses
• Inspiring devotionals from caregiving experts Shelly Beach, Wendy Wallace, and Jolene Philo
• Pockets for legal documents and notes
• A calendar to keep track of appointments
• Space to record prescriptions, important contacts, and emergency, medical, and insurance information
Sized to easily fit into your bag or briefcase, The Caregiver’s Notebook helps you better facilitate the care of your loved one and encourages you to depend on God for strength and peace throughout the journey.
About the Author
A teacher for twenty-five years, Jolene Philo now writes and speaks about caregiving. She is the author of A Different Dream for My Child and Different Dream Parenting, and she hosts a thriving online community for parents of children with special needs at differentdream.com. She and her husband have two children and live in Boone, Iowa.
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Thank you Jolene for considering the needs of those caring for a loved one regardless of their age, and helping to make life a little less chaotic.
This is a lovely hardcover spiral-bound book that lays out flat. Having a book that lays out flat makes it extremely easy to write in. It’s those little things that make my life easier and gets me excited!
Each section has easy to see tabs to find it quickly. When you’re facing a bad situation and your brain is in a fog these tabs will be nice.
What makes this so essential in caring for a loved one? Everything is in one place.
The contents include:
How to Use the Caregivers Notebook
Routines and Schedules
Bible Reading Plan
I also need encouragement for the many times I’m sitting in another waiting room and feeling down, tired, and wondering why me. Jolene Philo does an amazing job with having scriptures and inspirational quotes throughout the pages. Not to mention a Bible Reading plan and a prayer guides. Sometimes I just don’t know how to pray or I am in need of some inspiration while reading God’s word. I don’t carry around a Bible reading plan but now I can when I just don’t know where to go due to lack of sleep and brain fog.
There are a lot of nice tips with the “Stress Reliever” in the appropriate section.
I tend to write large and I was pleased to see the space provided in each section is very adequate.
The calendar is set up for three years in which you can fill out the year and months yourself.
You will also find a pocket in the back for lose documents and test results that you can stash away in the back until you get a breather to add it in your notebook.
I do have one compliant with The Caregiver Notebook. I know I want my cake and icing to make it even easier for me. I want to be able to order extra pages to add to the book. What happens after my calendar or contact list is full? Doctors and information are always changing like a revolving door. I don’t want to fill out a whole book again. So please consider making this book into one I can order extra pages. I realize not everyone will need this option. Make two options for this book one just like this and another one with an option to expand if needed. PRETTY PLEASE! It would be worth paying a little extra to have that peace of mind being organized. Of course not too pricey for that option or for the inserts as I am a one income family with a child of special needs. I like easy and convenient and The Caregiver’s Notebook is a great resource.
This would make an ideal gift for a family who is a caregiver of a child, elderly parent, or a spouse. Make life easier for them because they are probably too busy to realize they need The Caregiver’s Notebook.
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book. In no way was I asked to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
I appreciate that it includes a three-year calendar and that it fits in a diaper bag or a large purse. Another benefit is that each section contains instructions for use, forms for recording pertinent information and extra pages for notes. You will also find pockets in the back for insurance cards, legal documents and test results.
The journey of helping a loved one can be challenging. Throughout The Caregiver's Notebook there are scripture verses and thoughtful devotionals to inspire and comfort you. There is also a bible reading plan and prayer guides.
Being organized can help relieve stress. What a blessing in a caregiver's life! It also makes a very thoughtful gift!
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