Description: This softcover, easy to read, well-organized manual offers focused information for those involved in giving care at home to someone with HIV/AIDS. The common situations encountered by family and friends are approached using the COPE format (employing creativity, optimism, planning, and expert information).
Purpose: Information is provided for caregivers of persons with HIV/AIDS to facilitate solving common problems experienced in the home setting. The manual encourages the caregiver to be a decision maker by using the steps defined in the manual.
Audience: The manual is written for the family members, friends, and volunteers who are caring for persons with HIV/AIDS at home. This is a valuable publication for health professionals to know about and recommend as a resource.
Features: The book is written in a style that stimulates a sense of control and involvement by the caregiver. Each chapter is organized in the same format: understanding the problem, seeking professional help, alternatives for caregiver action, possible obstacles, and carrying out and adjusting the plan. It includes examples of actions to take and responses to make in various situations, and also contains names, addresses, and phone numbers of some resource agencies. E-mail or world wide web addresses are not included, but would be helpful for the reader who has access to these.
Assessment: This is a well organized and informative manual for caregivers of persons with HIV/AIDS living in the home setting. Healthcare professionals should be aware of this resource and recommend it for the caregiver who is able to read and then utilize this easy to read, but not simplistic, information. Although there are a number of books available on the topic of caregiving, this manual tackles the common situations which require problem solving when the illness of HIV/AIDS becomes apparent.