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From The CriticsReviewer: Jean B. Heady, MS, RN, CS, C (Jefferson County Public Health Service)
Description: In this book, the authors provide an excellent guide to caregiving in the home. A chronological structure is used to define preparation for caregiving, the day-to-day expectations, and a listing of numerous resources to augment the content.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist caregivers in providing home care. It is well organized, written for the lay public, and provides numerous clearly defined directions. The chapter on day-to-day needs is especially valuable with rich illustrations of caregiving and caregiving aids.
Audience: This guide will be most helpful for families and others who choose to become primary caregivers. Healthcare professionals in numerous settings would benefit from this resource which familiarizes them with care needs outside of the institutional setting.
Features: The content is presented in standard text format with numerous illustrations, tables, and tips. Part one identifies the numerous challenges for the caregiver in interacting with healthcare providers, preparing the home, and the financial planning and management necessary in home care. Part two gives the reader specific directions on navigating the day-to-day processes of caregiving through environmental, spiritual, psychosocial, and physical demands. Part three provides descriptive terminology to assist the caregiver in understanding the jargon of healthcare and numerous references for further information. The print style and spacing facilitate easy reading for referencing. References are complete, current, and located with the specific content.
Assessment: This guide is most valuable for the uninitiated as well as the seasoned caregiver who is caring for someone in the home. Home health professionals will find it to be a useful tool in teaching family caregivers.