The Fearless Caregiver: How to Get the Best Care for Your Loved One and Still Have a Life of Your Own

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Capital Books, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 264 pages
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While they are giving care, the nation's 25 million family caregivers rarely get a rest. Gone are the days when you could rely on others to do the work of caring for a loved one in your family. America's healthcare system throws many of the vital decisions, costs and burdens back on the family. This book clearly defines your vital role in developing your loved one's care plan. It teaches you to deal successfully with managed care organizations, home health services, and especially your loved one; and arms you with the knowledge and skills you need for deciding if your loved one's care is appropriate, if your doctor is the right one, if something more is needed. From wills and powers-of-attorney, to practical tips for dealing with disabilities, to long term care options, to battling stress and depression -- the "shared wisdom" in this book comes not only from the experienced editors of Today's Caregiver Magazine, but also from the inspiring personal stories of readers of the magazine who have learned to "stand up to the system when the system no longer stands up for your loved one."


"Caregiving, of course, is not confined to taking care of a person in the home setting. 'Caregiving is caregiving,' Gary Barg, author of 'The Fearless Caregiver: How to Get the Best Care for Your Loved One and Still Have a Life of Your Own,' tells WebMD. 'Caregiving is about 15% dealing with the disease or disorder and the rest about dealing with the stress.' One of the biggest misnomers, he says, is that if your loved one is in a facility, you are no longer a caregiver."
Star Lawrence, WebMD, 2004/11/19

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Gary E. Barg is the founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of "Today's Caregiver Magazine" and Today's Caregiver Online. He is a recognized expert in the field of family caregiving and has appeared on the "Today Show," "NBC Morning Show," and in such publications as "American Health for Women," "The Miami Herald," and "Investor's Business Daily." He lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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