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The Caregiver's Toolbox: Checklists, Forms, Resources, Mobile Apps, and Straight Talk to Help You Provide Compassionate Care Paperback – August 3, 2015
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The Caregiver’s Toolbox offers an invaluable mix of compassion and information. . . . This book is an important companion for anyone guiding another through the health care system. (Deborah Shouse, author of Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey)
There is an old saying: ‘Life is a cruel teacher; first you take the test, and then you learn the lesson.’ The Caregiver’s Toolbox helps simplify and accelerate the process of turning the average person into the extraordinary caregiver. By sharing actual experiences and providing checklists, proven solutions to common problems, and references to other resources, Carolyn and Peter have equipped caregivers to maintain life balance while absorbing the additional demands of providing care to our loved ones. (Ian K. Gordon, senior vice president, Regence Health Insurance Operations)
Providing care for a loved one is, for many of us, anything but a simple task. In their superb treatise The Caregiver’s Toolbox, Carolyn Hartley and Peter Wong outline not only a modern, technology-driven approach to delivering this care, but more importantly, a humanistic one. . . . This is an invaluable resource for anyone who has stepped into the ever challenging yet highly important role of caregiver. (Robert Tennant, director, Health Information Technology Policy, Medical Group Management Association)
Caregivers often are called on to be the health care, financial, and legal advocates for their loved ones. This responsibility can be a daunting task for caregivers who are unprepared. This masterful book is an essential resource providing a plethora of websites, practical charts, and checklists easily organized so that caregivers are equipped to meet many circumstances. . . . I hope and trust that you and your loved one will derive a great benefit from this remarkable work. (Randall K. Thomas, OD, MPH, FAAO)
In The Caregiver’s Toolbox, Carolyn and Peter lay out a comprehensive road map on how to build a technology plan for your loved one. . . . Acting now to build a technology plan for my parents will save countless hours and avoid some unpleasant surprises down the road. Thanks to Carolyn and Peter for helping me get started. (Bruce Honeycutt, chief internal audit and compliance vice president, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina)
The templates provided in the book helped . . . purge unnecessary paper, create appropriate electronic backups for what was important, and identify knowledge gaps related to infrequently used account information. These practical, easy-to-use tools are a blessing. (Don Fowler, vice president, client relationships, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield)
The tools [the authors share] about how to truly help each other as we go through the dying process [are] so crucial. . . . So many of [the authors’] insights are right on the mark in terms of what caregivers really experience. (Tricia Scribner)
From the Author
After working with health care professionals since 2003 helping them migrate into the 21st century, I am really excited about the technology tools patients and caregivers now have available to them. During the last decade, I learned the heart of family caregivers waiting in the medical practice to be noticed, or given something to do to help. Caregivers are such an untapped resource in the medical profession. When I was a caregiver many times over, I was able to reach a few nurses and doctors and let them know what caregivers needed.