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Helping Yourself Help Others: A Book for Caregivers Paperback – December 26, 1995
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From Library Journal
An estimated 25 million Americans are family caregivers, providing for the physical and psychological needs of older parents, chronically ill spouses, or children with disabilities. Caregiving can be a demanding yet fulfilling occupation but may leave caregivers feeling isolated and unprepared for their role. The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Human Development was created by the former First Lady to study the caregiving process and find new ways to assist caregivers. This book offers tips for dealing with health professionals, finding a support group (or starting one of your own), recognizing signs of caregiver burnout, and techniques to make life more satisfying for both caregiver and care recipient. While Carter's book is easy to read and filled with stories from family caregivers, the reassuring tone makes it more emotionally supportive than informational. Nonetheless, it deserves a spot in caregiver and consumer health collections. Appendixes include policy recommendations for improving caregiver services, lists of organizations, and books.
--Karen McNally Bensing, Benjamin Rose Inst. Lib., Cleveland
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Former First Lady Carter became interested in the problems of the elderly and the mentally ill during her husband's first gubernatorial campaign. Her work in the area since then, coupled with the work of the Rosalynn Carter Institute at Georgia Southwestern College, whose mission is "to understand the caregiving process and discover new ways to assist formal and informal caregivers," demonstrated the emerging societal need to care for chronically ill individuals. Focusing on the caregiver, Carter and coauthor Golant describe the stages the caregiver progresses through, from first facing the illness or declining health of a loved one to the "long-term, hard-work phase of caregiving." Questions regarding in-home professional care and nursing homes are addressed, and the authors provide information on strategies, support groups, program recommendations, helpful organizations, and books. Denise Perry Donavin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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That said, Mrs. Carter wrote from her own experiences as a caregiver and I cannot fault her for that. What she wrote is clear, compassionate and no doubt helpful to a lot of people.
My mother had been having a series of TIA's when I found this book. Several months later she had a full fledged stroke. I was her main caregiver until she required full time skilled care outside the home. When she was hospitalized and then in a nursing home setting, I continued to be her medical surrogate. As such, I found this book not only a wealth of information, but also a great inspiration. Much of the encouragement and advice given, falls in line with the Hospice literature I received in the final month of my mother's life. It is important for caregivers to understand there are places to receive help to let them care for themselves besides the patient. It can all be so overwhelming to try to do it all and so unnecessary to be alone. Beyond that, the book helps to educate to be able to ask questions about medical, social, emotional, and economic issues to insure the best quality care.
This volume is filled with love and respect and I cannot recommend it enough. I even donated a copy to our local library.