he intricacies of elder caregiving duties and responsibilities can be overwhelming, especially because adult children of aging parents do not know the ins and outs of the medical and social service systems, let alone how to cope with the emotional burdens of providing care for their ailing parents. They desperately wish for a single resource that answers their questions with “how to” information that restores their feelings of competence and control. Eldercare 911 is that resource. With the steady growth of the elderly population, it is estimated that approximately one-third of Americans will be providing care for an elderly person in the near future. This well-researched, compassionate, and comprehensive handbook will empower caregivers to be the best they can be without neglecting their own very legitimate needs. The authors use excerpts from a compilation of caregiver interviews to demonstrate the most common problems in eldercare. Eldercare 911 is organized into easily accessible sections and subsections: 20 chapters divided into 131 topics and then into another 77 subtopics, making it simple for readers to find exactly what they are looking for. The authors give full consideration to the time limitations and career needs of working caregivers, and the special challenges faced by women with teenage children, spouses, or significant others who may not always be sensitive to the caregiver’s balancing act. Among the topics discussed are knowing when elderly people need help; how to intervene; finding and using support systems; handling burnout; managing medical, insurance, and benefits issues; overseeing medications; coping with Alzheimer’s Disease and other serious illnesses; how to decide when hospitalization is necessary; detecting and dealing with abuse; working with eldercare professionals; setting up home care; making decisions and arrangements for alternate housing. The authors also examine rarely discussed, sensitive issues that affect family communication and relationships like parentsÆ sexual behavior, dating and remarriage, and death and dying.
About Eldercare 911
Publishers Weekly hailed the first edition of Eldercare 911 as an “excellent, comprehensive guidebook.” Today it continues to be the best “how to” book on the market for anyone facing the challenges of caring for an elderly loved one. Now this revised, updated, and expanded edition will offer the best step-by-step recommendations for over 200 situations, providing even the most experienced family caregivers as well as professionals with invaluable new insights and guidance for managing eldercare needs. Through a wealth of concrete new and updated information and practical, easy-to-follow solutions to nearly every problem, the message throughout is “You are not alone.” These eldercare consultants have also added crucial new chapters on: How to Protect Yourself from “Toxic” Relatives – Learn how to survive the negative impact of know-it-alls, guilt trippers, parents in denial, and disappointers. Aging in Place – Step-by-step recommendations to make remaining in the home a safe option, including insights into evaluating parents’ physical, psychological, emotional, and social needs. Working Caregivers: A Balancing Act – Reduce stress and maximize time by learning how to prioritize conflicting responsibilities. In Case of An Emergency – Learn how to prepare for unexpected problems and react without panic to reduce the stress of a variety of emergency situations. Caregiver Voices – Caregivers share their wisdom to help others renew their strength and lighten their hearts. With tip sheets that conclude each chapter and journal space for expressing thoughts, Eldercare 911 helps caregivers face reality with support and encouragement while reminding them: “When you’ve done the best you can, no one has the right to ask more of you.”