The job title of caregiver describes a vital role usually taken on by adult children when caring for their elderly parents. It is not easy to be a caregiver, and even less certain when a child or concerned friend should step in to help an older person.
The Caregiver's Companion: Caring for Your Loved One Medically, Financially and Emotionally While Caring for Yourself by Carolyn A. Brent is a compact, succinct guide to anyone functioning as a caregiver. Ms. Brent starts at the very beginning, helping readers identify if they are actually acting as a caregiver without even knowing it. She includes stories from her own experiences, as well as practical checklists and questionnaires throughout the book. Topics covered include: signs that your loved one needs more assistance, what to look for in a retirement home, care-taking in your own home, how to ensure wills are in order, how to manage difficult family relationships, and ensuring you are getting the help and care you need.
The library has many other guide related to specific end-of-life illnesses and this guide doesn't specifically touch on the spiritual aspects that accompany this life transition. Still, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and need a friendly, short introduction into the role of care-giving, this book can be tackled in one weekend.
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