Parental Guidance: Long Distance Care for Aging Parents Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication Date : January 9, 2016
- File Size : 1460 KB
- Print Length : 151 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Ana McGinley (January 9, 2016)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1522842365
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01AF0L50I
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,065,727 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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The wealth of knowledge and suggestions in this books are not only bountiful, but relatable and easy to both understand and implement. The author has organized the book in an easy-to-follow format, and provide several basic action items that one might not think of until faced with the situation. Besides clear writing and organization, Ana also breaks up the intense subject with true-to-life quotes.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to any expat with aging parents. Using it as a guide to think through action items will help the reader to feel like they are playing an active role in theirs and their parents' lives, rather than a passive viewer of events.
Inevitably responsibility for their care is usually going to fall on children, which is made twice as complicated if they become ill and you have to make care provisions for them, from another country and in a different time zone.
Parental Guidance lays bare the predicaments expat children face, and offers step-by-step advice on how to address and overcome many of the obstacles involved in caring for a sick parent while living abroad.
She provides clear advice and concrete solutions to implement for regular and crisis care. There are specific lists and tips to deal with a variety of stressful situations as best as possible. These lists range from advice for coping with distance, to information on main illnesses the elderly may suffer from, to home issues – i.e. safety, loneliness – and how to help, to name just a few. Aware that each situation and family is different, Ana is careful to present her suggestions in a non-judgmental and personal manner.
Furthermore, Ana’s in-depth professional knowledge of the medical world, staffing procedures and how to navigate complex medical situations makes her insight particularly useful. She also covers certain legal and financial matters that should be considered when caring for ailing parents.
What strengthens this book further are the personal anecdotes scattered throughout the chapters. This is not simply an informational book from someone who has done research but has no first-hand experience with their topic. Ana McGinley speaks from personal experience, enriched by professional expertise, having worked 15 years as a specialist aged care social worker. This is a useful and well-thought guide for all those caring for aging parents from a distance.
Children seem to spread their wings far and wide these days - opting out of neighborhood living.
Like most of my siblings and not forgetting my husband, this book seeks to address a dilemma we face on an everyday basis. Thankfully my parents are still in good health. The same cannot be said for my husband with his parents. With growing co-morbidities the dreaded unsociable hour phone call that the author alludes to, is potentially just around the corner.
This book prompts open thought and discussion with what to do should you receive this dreaded call. It facilitates a more holistic decision making process and addresses the options you may not voluntarily choose.
Sadly I am unable to comment on the whole content and layout of the book, but the sample was easy to read and a must for anyone living away from aging parents.
This in mind, I have ordered a copy and will review again once the whole book is in hand and completed.
Top reviews from other countries
A book to have nearby for everyone with aging parents. In fact, we are all aging, aren't we?
Ideally you have read it before the more challenging things happen as it offers plenty of tips on what to think about, prepare and plan.
The author does not lose sight of the fact, and gently reminds the reader, that the ageing person should be the focus of and be highly involved in decisions made in their “best interests”. The examples given lend humour to the topic and the author’s writing style makes this an easy read with widespread appeal.