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  • Posted April 6, 2011

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    A Guide to Living Life to the Fullest in the Final Years

    Janice Louise Long has created an invaluable guide book to help individuals and family caregivers plan for the maximum enjoyment of the final years of life. "Dying the Right Way: A System of Caregiving & Planning for Families" provides caregiving tips, forms, legal concerns, and a look into end-of-life-care for individuals and their family members. The pages are packed with helpful addresses of websites relate to aging with dignity. Chapter one begins with a compelling personal first personal narrative experienced by the author in dealing with her parents. It is obvious that Janice Louise Long is thoroughly acquainted with the content of her book. Her personal family experience coupled with a career in health care and medicine; qualify her to write this book. In addition to the guidance, compelling narrative, and tips for caregivers, Long provides an important appendix which makes this book an important addition to any family or caregiver's library. The appendix includes: suggested herbal oil recipes and their uses, nutritious recipes called "food for the soul," website resources, glossary, a comprehensive bibliography, and a complete index. A quick look at the table of contents will direct the reader to areas of immediate concern. For instance chapter six provides detailed guidelines, duties, and tips with related caregiving forms. These suggestions and the related websites provide instantaneous guidelines for resolving the urgent matter currently being faced. I am placing "Dying the Right Way: A System of Caregiving & Planning for Families" in a prominent place on my permanent family library, ready for frequent reference, re-reading, and study. Janice Louise Long's book is an outstanding contribution to the subject of caregiving. The book is important, relevant, and timely. I plan to highly recommend it to my family members and to incorporate the contents in my planning for the years ahead. A complementary review copy was provided by the author's representative in exchange for a fair and honest review. As reviewed for Midwest Book Review

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  • Posted November 16, 2010

    Resource for advocates & caregivers

    Don't let the title fool you. Even if your loved one is not in their last days, this book is a valuable resource for adults. Author Janice Louise Long begins the book by telling of her parents, their relationships and how she came to be their fulltime caregiver. I was expecting an instructional book and was surprised by this biographical information. Soon the book began to reveal its real purpose and value. This book is full of resources, check sheets, caregiver forms, and letters to assist someone in managing care for their loved ones. The author explains why a form or letter was used and in what manner then provides the sample. No need to recreate the wheel, she has done all the work for you. Because this book includes the passing of her parents, the author includes information on common diagnoses for those entering Hospice as well as features of the dying role and types of organ donation. There is also information on nebulizers, medic alert items, pulse oximetry and other devices and treatments. As a Registered Nurse and Certified Case Manager, I actively work as a patient advocate. Ms. Long has covered more about the final days that any other resource I have seen to date. She also introduced me to The Five Wishes Healthcare Power of Attorney. As an educator in this field, I have added this book to my library of recommended resources.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Organized! Thorough! Readable! and USEFUL!

    I found this book incredibly thorough from diagnosis and care-giving to funeral and grieving. It was easy to read. Nearly every page has practical, caring actions that can make the dying process more loving. The personal stories brought home how much a book like this is necessary. All of the checklists and sample forms and letters are invaluable. Right away, I personally will use the document checklist on p. 210 which everyone young and old should keep. Whereas the title irritated me a little at first, after I read the book I understood that the care-giving process can be conscious and life sustaining or confusing and creating many technical and psychological misunderstandings and upsets. I will suggest my psychotherapy clients and friends purchase this book. Great book. BRAVA!!!

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