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Joan's Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive Hardcover – April 15, 2016
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"A compact resource that addresses the typical concerns of those who care for the elderly."-- Kirkus Reviews
"Overall, the book is strongest when the author shares tips from her own experience providing in-home care and when discussing communication--between the caregiver and elder, with health providers, and with substitute caregivers. In these moments, she effectively shares practical methods and systems that worked for her. The prose is conversational in tone, breezy at times, but clear throughout; readers who have already used hospice care, for example, will find her descriptions spot-on. She approaches every discussion, from relationships to religion, in an inclusive, nonjudgmental manner, and her hard-earned empathy shines through."-- Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Author
I took care of Mother for 14 years. In 2008, Substitute Caregivers (CNAs) told me that my substitute caregiver plans helped them do a better job of caring for Mother. My plans included her schedule and what she could or couldn't do physically and mentally. I thought if leaving a plan helped caregivers take better care of my mother, perhaps it would help other caregivers, too. So I started writing Joan's Elder Care Guide.
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This is a good reference book for elder-care: comprehensive, with the topics clearly and succinctly defined. The author has just enough explanation and information for each question/answer, without being exhaustive and overwhelming. The anecdotes and experiences with her own dear mother make it personal, less text-book flavor. It's a good book for someone beginning the journey of care-giving, because it goes step-by-step in how to proceed with helping your loved one. And she gives sensitive, wise advice and encouragement for the long-time care-giver. She is inclusive in remarks on spirituality, not singling out any one particular religious persuasion - a book for all. This book is well worth keeping on hand and sharing with friends who find themselves care-givers to the elderly.
If you are looking for a book written by someone who has first hand knowledge of taking care of an elder, Joan Y. Edwards' Elder Care Guide gives you recommendations beyond where to just look for help. Joan explains how to be assured that your senior is getting the best care and how to determine that you are doing what's best for him or her. She shares her personal journey of the do's and don'ts for a healthy caretaker in hopes that her experiences in taking care of her mother would help others.
Each section of this book provides insight in what you should do for your senior whether you place them in nursing home or they remain at home.
One of Joan's suggestions is to make a surprise visit to a nursing home to see for yourself what the facility has to offer.
If you're moving them from their home to yours let them take a few things that remind of them of home.
She emphasizes how important it is to keep records on any concerns or questions you may want to ask the doctor, medications, and each doctor's contact information.
These are just a few examples of what is in the book.
Elder Care Guide has a wealth of information in it. In my opinion, it is a book well worth buying.
Author, Joan Phyllis Baker
With Joan’s handbook, this stress, frustration, and exhaustion can be relieved. There is advice for how to handle emotions that are sure to arise and for making sure to provide social outlets for your elder, and so much more. From first deciding the best location for your loved one to the end of life discussions, this book has it all. The book even provides checklists to use and a whole host of resources!
Of essential importance, is making sure your own needs are met. We often forget to care for ourselves when we are caring for a loved one. However we are no good to them, if we are not good to ourselves. What is sometimes difficult to think about are the financial issues to consider after your loved one has passed. Joan’s book discusses how to best handle wills, trusts, estates, and more. There is even a section on grieving our loved one.
I especially love the anecdotal stories she shares about her time caring for her feisty, witty elderly mother. Her experiences are what prompted her to write this book. She realized how much she needed to consider before deciding to provide full-time care for her mother. There did not seem to be a comprehensive guide to help her, so she decided to write her own. This is a book everyone should have if they may ever need to care for an elderly person. Joan Y Edwards has thought of everything!
It provides links to online applications and phone numbers, ideas and resources as a starting place to brainstorm easy, meaningful ways to assist you in maintaining your elder’s health and your own.
Joan provides great resources such as an Appendix-Everything that needs to be thought of as a caregiver. Personal Skills and Needs Assessment for Daily Living, Your Elder’s Needs, Sample Daily Schedule, Medical Alert Card, List of Medications, Vitamins, Herbs, and Over-the-Counter Drugs. Daily Medications and Reactions Record, List & Location of Important Documents. Financial Income & Bills to Be Paid, a Walking Log for Twelve Weeks.
There is also a Caregiver Tool Kit. It is a collection of useful supplies to keep handy 24/7 as a caregiver. Charts are provided.
I loved the suggestions to those who offer their assistance, what to say, and how they can help.
It also includes various charts for things you need to keep track of.
Endnotes comprise clickable links to all of the research and everything referenced throughout the book.
I wish that I had known of it when I was a caregiver. I know that I would have been prepared for everything and possibly paid for it too! If you have a family member who needs your help, don't hesitate to buy this book. It is a valuable tool for every family, organization, or caregiver.