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Eldercare 911: The Caregiver's Complete Handbook for Making Decisions 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1591020141
ISBN-10: 159102014X
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From Publishers Weekly

Beerman and Rappaport-Musson, eldercare specialists, offer a comprehensive guide to caregiving issues, calmly presenting information readers may not have even considered. For example, the first chapter addresses how to deal directly with one's parents, what to do if the parents don't want help and how to determine if parents, in fact, need help. The authors include sample dialogues, which will be particularly helpful with parents who refuse to acknowledge they need help. The section on long-distance caregiving is also quite useful-the authors advise readers to call ahead of time to schedule appointments with everyone connected to family care, from physicians to caregivers to support agencies. They also advise having a portable folder with key contact numbers so people will have essential information at their fingertips. This excellent, comprehensive guidebook offers information on nursing homes, hospice care and home heath professionals.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Discovering that older parents need assistance because of physical illness or frailty can seem like an emergency situation to the adult children who must arrange for their care. This handy guide covers a variety of caregiving situations, including those common to other caregiving books locating services, managing medications, understanding benefits, choosing a nursing home, coping with memory loss, and hiring and handling in-home help. But social worker Beerman and Rappaport-Musson, a certified senior adviser, address important topics not often covered elsewhere making the decision to become a caregiver (or deciding not to); helping a parent who refuses help; recognizing signs of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation; and recognizing drug or alcohol abuse. Writing primarily for women, who shoulder most caregiving responsibilities, the authors offer much supportive advice as well as anecdotes from other caregivers showing how to counteract the physical and emotional toll that caregiving responsibilities can exact. The concise chapters can be read as needed. Unfortunately, the scanty resource list includes only major government and disease-specific web sites, and readers looking for in-depth details on specific disorders, caregiving skills, or benefit programs will need to consult Linda Colvin Rhodes's The Complete Idiot's Guide to Caring for Aging Parents, American Medical Association Guide to Home Caregiving, or Consumer Reports Guide to Health Services for Seniors. Nevertheless, this is a good addition to larger senior health collections. Karen McNally Bensing, Benjamin Rose Lib., Cleveland
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159102014X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591020141
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,635,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Keith Nichols on April 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
This highly detailed and easily read volume seems to cover every consideration and situation that could arise in caring for an elderly person. The emphasis is on in-home maintenance of the elderly, specifically parents, although one chapter is devoted to selecting and monitoring a nursing home. The book gives the impression of being able to prepare the reader for any situation and to help him cope with whatever comes up.
The point is made throughout that caregivers need to avail themselves of the many resources that exist to help them with information and hands-on help. The idea that taking on the responsibility for an ailing or aging parent means that the caregiving offspring do everything by themselves, while simultaneously continuing to meet the demands of their own lives and families, is shown to be destructive to the caregiver as well as in many instances impractical.
One element in successful eldercare is keeping up with exactly what is happening with the elderly person and how to cope with the problems it may present. Thorough documentation of everything is stressed, such as physical conditions and medications, prescriptions, diet, etc. Forms are presented to simplify this, along with checklists of things to do in various situations.
A liberal inclusion of anecdotes from caregivers around the U.S. reveals the many difficulties and rewards experienced by those engaged in looking after their elders. Web sites and addresses are given for various agencies, as well as the authors of the book.
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As a health care professional in the field of aging for the past 17 years, I found "Eldercare 911" to be concise, clear and most of all, realistic about the area of caring for an aging parent or relative. I believe the authors have an excellent sense of what really goes on between adult children and their parents--the good and the bad. They are also not afraid to tackle the area of resistance--what should you actually do when your loved one says "No! I don't want that home care worker!" or, "What do you mean you want me to stop driving?" This book offers real solutions for the real world. I would recommend this book for caregivers and professionals in the field of aging. It is an invaluable resource
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If you are giving care to an elder or you are contemplating taking on this task, you must read this book. If you know anyone caring for an elder, do them a BIG favor and tell them about this book, or better yet, give them a copy. Even in the best of times, caregiving can be overwhelming. This book is full of information vital for improving quality of life for both the elder and her/his caregiver. Another great contribution is the COMFORT the book offers caregivers -- reading it is as good as getting a hug from the authors, who are obviously experts who care.
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By A Customer on March 23, 2003
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There were many anecdotes in the book that sounded like they were taken from my own personal experience. It was comforting to know that there are others with similar issues. I came away with many new ideas to try and make my situation more tolerable. I would recommend this book to anyone who finds themselves in a comparable situation.
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The 2008 updated, revised edition of Eldercare 911 is an incredibly comprehensive guide to any issue you could imagine relative to caring for an aging loved one. It is well researched and full of illustrating stories that help readers apply the concepts. This guide moves past theory into the practical day to day realities of communicating with seniors, the ins and outs of caregiving, deciding when/where to move an older adult, dealing with medical issues, finding services and more. I have worked with eldercare for 10+ years and I wouldn't be without this book--I find something new each time I turn to it to help me with a problem situation. It's a key resource for professionals and family caregivers.
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I wish I had this book months ago. My mom took ill and I could have used this book as it's loaded with vital information. All I can say is, if you have an elderly parent or think you might become elderly someday (lol) get his book!
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By A Customer on October 23, 2002
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With the responsibility of having to take care of a 91 year old mother-in-law, I have been searching for an extremely long time for a care giver's manual to assist me. THIS IS THE BOOK TO ANSWER MY PRAYERS ! In the short time I have had this book it has continually aided me in the decision making process of how to deal with day to day problems associated with care giving to an older family member, as well as determining which of the problems I encounter are abnormal and need special attention and which are not. THIS BOOK IS EASY TO READ, UNDERSTANDABLE AND A MUST FOR ANY CARE GIVER.
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Very good book for anyone who is faced with the heartbreaking decline of a beloved (or not so easy to love) parent. From the first chapter entitled "You are not alone" followed by when to know when your parent needs help and practical information as to where do I go from here. Includes multiple references for geriatric social workers and elder law attorneys.
I found this book both supportive and useful.
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