Patient in Affliction: Tips, tears and laughter for the in-home family caregiver of a dying parent
Sometime in our lives, most of us will help an aging, frail, or chronically or terminally ill person do the most basic, personal tasks of daily living. We need to be empowered with knowledge, strength, courage and compassion in order to be the best possible in-home family caregiver.
Enter Patient in Affliction, something like a S.W.A.T. team on paper. This handbook drills down to the heart of the matter: Practical tips to help with the day-to-day activities and cope with roller-coaster emotions, both for the family caregiver (to preserve his or her strength and sanity) and the patient (to preserve his or her dignity).
Patient in Affliction is a unique, informative tool for family caregivers. As you read the pages, you'll be enlightened, encouraged, entertained and equipped. You'll feel like you're in the same room with the author, sharing a box of tissue or perhaps a cup of coffee as you navigate your family-caregiver role. You'll laugh and you'll cry as you read anecdotes from the author, who infuses her storytelling with light humor about a very serious topic. By the time you read the last sentence, you will realize that whatever you go through, whatever emotions you experience, you are not the first or only person to feel what you are feeling. You are absolutely not alone. Somebody understands.
Patient in Affliction is also encouragement for the encourager. Perhaps you are a friend of someone serving as family caregiver. This book raises your understanding about what a family caregiver goes through, and why your support is essential. Patient in Affliction is a great springboard to use as you extend your hand of compassion to a family caregiver.