Caregiving Tips for Everyone

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Inspiring Voices, Oct 1, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 140 pages
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The task of caring for an adult afflicted by age, illness, or both is not easy. Many caregivers find themselves intensely overwhelmed on occasion and must learn how to navigate this new role without losing touch with caring for themselves. In this new, comprehensive how-to manual, author M. G. Walker shares her wisdom on a wide range of important caregiving topics, ranging from physical care to emotional care of those in need. Even so, caring for the individual is often not all there is to worry about. This guide also includes information on other important aspects of caregiving, including managing finances, caring for yourself, handling stress, knowing when to let go when you can’t do it all yourself, and dealing with loss after your charge has passed on. There are so many challenges affecting today’s caregivers, and we often feel we’re on an island with no place to go for supportive advice. Let this be your guide as you find your way through this difficult task.
 

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Contents

What Is a Caregiver?
1
Every Day Is a New Adventure
2
Unraveling the Puzzle
6
CaregivingNot Controlling
8
Simplify
10
Take Time to Breathe
12
Activities of Daily Living
14
Eating
18
How to Encourage Our Friend to Take Pills When Necessary
47
Medical Needs
49
Global Deterioration Scale
52
Smooth and Seamless Medical Appointments
53
Sundowning
54
Legal
57
Living WhereOur Choices
62
Structured Living
64

Bathing
20
Toileting
21
Dressing
22
Sleeping
24
Surviving the Seasons
26
Spring
27
Summer
29
Fall
31
Tagalongs
33
Mirror Mirror on the Wall
35
Emotional Loss
37
Communication
38
Physical Touch
40
Pain
42
Exercise
44
A Sense of SelfWorth
45
Adult Family Homes
67
Skilled Nursing Facilities
69
Finances
71
Financial Information
72
Other Important Issues
74
Caregiver Stress
75
Where Do They Fall In All This
78
Activities
79
Mirror Mirror on the Wall
80
Holiday Celebrations
82
First Aid for Caregivers
85
Extreme Weather Extreme Stress
87
EndofLife Thoughts
90
Quality versus Quantity
91
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About the author (2012)

Marsha Caldwell has several years of experience working in the caregiving field. Her education on the topic of caregiving has been both formal and through on-the-job observation. Observing the struggles caregivers experience prompted her to write this how-to book. She currently lives in Washington State.

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