Home Care Guide For Hiv And Aids: How To Care For Family And Friends At Home

Home Care Guide For Hiv And Aids: How To Care For Family And Friends At Home

by Peter Houts, American College of Physicians
     
 
Guide for lay-level readers who are caring for persons with HIV-AIDS in the home setting. Covers practical care-giving problems and working with health professionals.

Overview

Guide for lay-level readers who are caring for persons with HIV-AIDS in the home setting. Covers practical care-giving problems and working with health professionals.

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Mary Lou Wranesh Cook, PhD, RNC (SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome)
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.
3 Stars from Doody
Mary Lou Wranesh Cook
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). 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. 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. 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. 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 ofcaregiving, this manual tackles the common situations which require problem solving when the illness of HIV/AIDS becomes apparent.
Library Journal
Houts, director of the Family Caregiver Education Program for Central Pennsylvania, has created a practical guide for home caregivers that addresses 22 common problems associated with HIV and AIDS, including physiological changes (e.g., opportunistic infections and fatigue) and emotional and psychological difficulties (e.g., anxiety and depression). Parallel in scope and arrangement to his Home Care Guide for Cancer (American College of Physicians, 1994), this book successfully shows how to implement home care plans for HIV and AIDS patients. The first two chapters describe the book's arrangement and introduce the concept of caregiving, respectively. Each subsequent chapter is devoted to treating a problem, beginning with a concise overview of the home care plan and concluding with a useful section on evaluating and adjusting it. Further details about symptoms and care are presented in bold-faced, bulleted type, which makes them easily accessible. The appendixes list resources of additional information in the United States and Canada and indicate medications used to treat HIV infections (including possible side effects and interactions). Although this guide is appropriate for family members and friends serving as caregivers, professionals will also appreciate its rich content and conciseness. Recommended for public libraries, nursing collections, and patient education collections.Ximena Chrisagis, Wright State Univ., Dayton, Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780943126548
Publisher:
American College of Physicians
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Series:
Home Care Guides Series
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
8.43(w) x 10.91(h) x 0.85(d)

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