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The Good Caregiver: A One-of-a-Kind Compassionate Resource for Anyone Caring for an Aging Loved One

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A survival guide with an insider's perspective, for the millions of unprepared caregivers of aging loved ones.

As Americans are living longer, an unprecedented number of people now require long-term care during their last years. More than 15 million adult children now care for their elderly parents, and unsuspecting caregivers are usually unprepared financially, emotionally, and practically for the relentless job they will face.

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Overview

A survival guide with an insider's perspective, for the millions of unprepared caregivers of aging loved ones.

As Americans are living longer, an unprecedented number of people now require long-term care during their last years. More than 15 million adult children now care for their elderly parents, and unsuspecting caregivers are usually unprepared financially, emotionally, and practically for the relentless job they will face.

In The Good Caregiver, world-renowned expert on aging and long- term care Dr.Robert Kane provides a road map for caregiving. More than just a professional expert, Dr. Kane draws on his personal experience of caring for his aging mother after she struggled from a debilitating stroke. Dr. Kane offers heartfelt advice for those learning how to best care for their loved one and how to make thoughtful, informed decisions at each stage of the caring process:

? How does a nursing home differ from assisted living?
• How is a homemaker different from a home health aide?
• How far can you trust a hospital discharge planner?
• What services does Medicare cover, and much, much more

The Good Caregiver equips readers to deal more effectively with the challenges of day-to-day care and to navigate the system itself, including legal, financial, and interpersonal hurdles. Filled with stories and sidebars from other caregivers, The Good Caregiver offers a candid, personal approach to caregiving, providing fearless answers to difficult scenarios with humor and encouragement.

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Kane (director, Ctr. on Aging, Univ. of Minnesota), combining his years of professional experience with what he learned when he and his sister cared for their aging mother, has produced a thoughtful how-to manual. He shares clear and practical explorations of whether one is cut out to be a caregiver, and he tackles dealing with financial issues, finding the right doctor, what to expect in the way of physical and mental changes with aging, working with hospitals, choosing a nursing home, self-care for the caregiver, and, ultimately, dealing with death. Kane also discusses changes in the existing health-care system that he asserts would improve end-of-life care for all involved. VERDICT Interspersed with anecdotes from other caregivers, numerous charts and checklists, and lists of resources, this is a carefully arranged collection of useful information, stressing the importance of being compassionate and nonjudgmental. Kane points out that the book's various sections can be used independently and in no particular order as each person enters into caregiving at a different point along the continuum, making it ideal for lay readers.—Dick Maxwell, Porter Adventist Hospital, Denver
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583334225
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 672,965
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert L. Kane, M.D., is a world-renowned expert, author, and lecturer on issues of aging and long-term care. He earned his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and holds an endowed chair in Long-Term Care and Aging at the University of Minnesota, where he directs the Center on Aging.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Becoming a Caregiver 17

2 Money and the Law 44

3 Finding a Good Doctor 77

4 Caring for Yourself 104

5 Daily Life 115

6 Common Ailments and Treatments 133

7 The Aging Brain 178

8 Handling Hospitals 193

9 Send Help! 235

10 Moving Time 256

11 Nursing Homes 273

12 End of Life 295

13 Political Advocacy 306

Appendix 312

Acknowledgments 319

Index 321

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