- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala; 1 edition (April 10, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1570624712
- ISBN-13: 978-1570624711
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Circles of Care: How to Set Up Quality Care for Our Elders in the Comfort of Their Own Homes 1st Edition
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"In Circles of Care , Ann Cason offers this advice to those hiring caregivers for old folks: 'Don't hire anyone unless you would enjoy being with that person yourself.' Legions of elderly respond with riotous applause."—Shambhala Sun
"Circles of Care brings us home, into a fresh, generous, and gentle approach to the care of our elders, as well as a deeper understanding of ourselves."—Branches of Light
"Circles of Care is one of the best-researched books on the most urgent issue facing older Americans and their families: recruiting and keeping qualified and sensitive caregivers for elders faced with problems ranging from physical ailments to dementia. Ann Cason's superb book uses true-to-life examples to help family members and caregivers alike work their way through this complicated maze."—William K. Wasch, National Council on Aging; author of Home Planning for Your Later Years
"Brilliant! Utterly on the mark; warm, wise, and compassionate. In Circles of Care , Ann Cason's vast experience shows: she provides a comprehensive eldercare guide that (finally!) addresses the often overlooked emotional terrain of aging and decline, giving it the gift of dignity it so rightly deserves. This is a must-read for any of us sharing life and caring at home for those we love."—Marilyn Webb, author of The Good Death; former editor-in-chief, Psychology Today
About the Author
Ann Cason is founder and director of Circles of Care, an organization that provides homecare consulting and training services to both families and caregivers of the elderly. She has been a caregiving coordinator and consultant for over twenty years.
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Not for immature practitioners, family members, physicians or extended family...but for those willing or forced into a human reality.
Cason's elegant, yet restrained language gently opens the door to the world that no one, really, expects or wants to enter.
She invites you to look her you in the eye, lift your chin in dignity, grasp her hand and create a life.
I'm stunned by this book.
I fear that many readers, including Christians, will skim such a book out of curiousity and then dismiss it with a rueful, "Well, it's a good idea, but I could never do it." Read the book carefully, and think through the implications (and the subtle, implicit warnings) before deciding that caring for your own loved one is "un-do-able."
Anyone who is facing decisions about how to care and provide for an aged loved one would benefit from reading this book.
Sprinkled throughout the book are "care studies," personal stories that illustrate the complexities and richness of aging and of caring for the elderly.
Cason covers many of the more common difficult behaviors such as confusion, memory loss, moodiness, and combativeness. She provides ways of working with such issues skilfully and with sensitivity.
There is not even a whiff of condecension in her discussion of the elderly. In fact, there is the greatest respect for what the elderly have to each us. I highly recommend this book.