Dying The Right Way: A System of Care Giving and Planning for Families


Dying the Right Way is written for seniors, families, and caregivers.  Dying the Right Way prepares seniors and families for the time when caregiving is needed, and offers a system for caregiving in the home for either family caregivers or for monitoring professional caregivers.  Dying the Right Way extends the caregiving experience to assist seniors in planning for the time when they might need care:  through the document preparation phase, the search for a residential facility, life support, the ...

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Dying the Right Way is written for seniors, families, and caregivers.  Dying the Right Way prepares seniors and families for the time when caregiving is needed, and offers a system for caregiving in the home for either family caregivers or for monitoring professional caregivers.  Dying the Right Way extends the caregiving experience to assist seniors in planning for the time when they might need care:  through the document preparation phase, the search for a residential facility, life support, the dying experience, funeral planning, and settling of the estate.

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This book offers guidance to the reader.  Through a compelling narrative, it offers help.  It will be useful for any one who is going through the difficulty of dealing with care of a loved one, especially if that person is unable to provide his or her own care.  It also will be useful for the one who anticipates this situation, either for someone else or for them self.  Had this book been available when we were making choices for my mother in her final illness, our lives would have been easier.  Being in the medical field, it seems this very readable book would be widely recommended by physicians for their patients and the families of their patients.
Effie G. Medford, M.D.

There are some books that should just be required reading.  This is one of those books.  Some day, at some time in our lives, we are all going to need this information.  Whether you are a professional care giver or caring for a loved one in your home, the knowledge in Dying the "Right" Way will serve you well.  It is a detailed, thorough, no aspect of care is left unaddressed kind of read.

Barbara Karnes, R.N.

This is a wonderful book.  Easy to read, heartfelt, and very useful.  Ms. Long has done a beautiful job of explaining and putting fact, frustration, and fulfillment into a familiar context.  Many people will be able to see their personal situation and adapt and use this guide.  
Mary S. Harris, Ph.D., Publisher, Journey to Wellness

This book is a gift! As a Gerontologist and having worked 15 years in Long Term Care, I believe Ms. Long has created a marvelous caregiving and planning resource for Chaplains and Clergy to place in the hands of families from all faiths.  I witnessed the love and care she gave to her parents in their aging and dying experiences and it is my opinion that the writing and resource gathering for Dying the Right Way stems from the same type of dedication for others who will walk similar paths.

Michelle Tatlock D.Min., BCC

Caregivers often feel isolated and have few resources.  Jan Long's book is a personal story with helpful advice, tools, and reflection on what it means to care for someone you love.  I recommend it to anyone needing help in their own caregiving journey.

Lydia Lawson, M.D., Hospice Physician

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600377006
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/2/2010
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Janice Louise Long carried her forty years of experience and knowledge of the health care arena home to care for her parents in their remaining years.  She applied medical advocacy and systems concepts to the caregiving environment.  Janice Louise Long has chaired performance improvement teams in small and large healthcare environments and is passionate about using updated knowledge to achieve improvement in any process.  Janice Louise Long began working in the health care field as a teenager and carried her love of medicine into her professional career, acquiring a Bachelors Degree in Nuclear Medicine.  She later earned her Masters Degree in Business Administration.  Janice Louise Long has worked in clinical medicine, research, and development, as a technical representative, in marketing, as a statistician, and in systems management for a worldwide health care system.  Her most recent expertise was concentrated in performance improvement, disease management, establishment and monitoring of metrics, and metrics report card design.  Janice Louise Long lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico near her two daughters and three grandchildren.  She participates in P.E.O., book clubs, bell and church choir, duplicate bridge, quilting, reading, and volunteers for Hospice and Albuquerque Reads.

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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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