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From The CriticsReviewer: Rita Wilson, BScN. M. Ed. MN(c)(York University)
Description: This book addresses the day-to-day challenges of caring for someone living with the residual effects of a stroke.
Purpose: It is intended to provide answers for people faced with the prospect of caring for stroke survivors at home. It gives timely and useful information that can be used by a variety of caregivers — not just those caring for people living with the residual effects of a stroke. The book clearly meets the authors' objectives.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is intended for caregivers. The author has published several other books on this subject.
Features: The authors cover a variety of issues that are relevant for caregivers, including: what to expect from the recipient of care; how to make the home safe; challenges of caring for a stroke survivor at home; possible home-care options; available community resources and funding sources; and planning for return to work. The chapter outlining the day-to-day caregiving activities is particularly well done, providing very practical suggestions to minimize caregiver strain. As well, it includes very clear and detailed illustrations to supplement written descriptions of various activities that the caregiver will need to perform. The chapter entitled Understanding Stroke — One Disease, Two Causes includes medical terms and explanations enclosed within brackets that may decrease the overall clarity of the chapter for the intended audience.
Assessment: The book is well written. Undoubtedly, it addresses an important issue — that of caring for a stroke survivor at home. The information it provides is invaluable to caregivers in general.