Caregiving: Eldercare Made Clear & Simple

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Publish Green, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 215 pages
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Fifty-four million Americans are caregivers, not just for children, but also for aging loved ones. Most of these caregivers are women with busy personal lives, careers and heavy demands on their schedules. Several years ago, while caring for her ill and aging former father-in-law, Cindy Laverty discovered compassionate caregiving was her "true," professional calling.

"The caregiving journey is one of life's ultimate gifts, but if you don't have a workable plan, you can easily become lost and overwhelmed," says Laverty. "Caregiving Eldercare Made Clear & Simple" is a guide, which provides you with encouraging and practical information, as well as personal insight from Laverty's own experiences about her journey to finally learn to care for herself, along with a CD of reprintable forms to help you create a workable plan for your unique situation.

 

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Contents

Dedication
A Word From Cindy
Introduction
Part I
Caring for Your Loved One
The Signs
What to Expect
DaytoDay Living
Senior Information Sheet
Seniors History Hobbies and Interests
Emergency Contacts
Insurance Information
Primary Care Physician Information
Medication Information Sheets
Vitamins Herbs and Supplements
Pharmacy Information

The Power of Touch
Taking the Keys Away
Personal Interests
Holidays
Keeping Informed
Doing Uncomfortable Things
Handling Medical News
The Medical Team
Selecting a CaregiverBuyer Beware
Getting Life in Order
Protecting Your Loved One
A Quick Legal Lesson
Securing Personal Information
Important Information and Contacts
End of Life Decisions
Part II
Caring for Yourself
The Process
Setting Boundaries to Save Your Sanity
Caring for the Caregiver
Surviving Caregiver Burnout
What Can Be Done to Avoid Burnout?
Setting Up Your Support System
Our Basic Human Needs
Sleep
Sleep Tips Ive Learned Over the Years
Your Diet Makes A Difference
Exercise Matters
Dont Ignore Your Mental Health
Spirituality
Part III
Important Phone Numbers
Daily Monitoring
Personal Care Requirements
Caregiver Task List
Current Health Issues
Eyeglass Information
Dentist Information
Planning for Emergencies
Hospital Preparedness
Diet and Nutrition Information
Safety First
The ElderProofYourHome Scavenger Hunt
Now Lets Take it Room by Room
The Family Pet
Family Pet Information
Veterinarian Information
Legal and Financial Information
Legal and Financial Professionals
Financial Institutions
Credit Card Information
Insurance
Insurance Information
Person PropertyVehicles
Personal PropertyValuables
Aftercare Information
Letters
Afterword
For Your Consideration
Recommended Reading
Resource Guide
Glossary
About The Author
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Cindy Laverty is a nationally recognized caregive expert and coach, and a radio talk show host, whose weekly show focuses on the subject of care—how we care for ourselves so we can better care for each other. Cindy is the Compassionate Caregiver's Best Friend.AUTHOR HOME: Los Angeles, CA

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