The Caregiver's Essential Handbook: More than 1200 Tips to Help You Care for and Comfort the Seniors in Your Life

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For the 54 million Americans who currently care for aging parents and loved ones, this important resource provides essential information for solving day-to-day problems in the real world.

The Caregiver's Essential Handbook includes valuable insights and commonsense tips from those who have walked in their shoes: nursing professionals, physical therapists, social workers, and loving family members whose creativity and resurcefulness offer immediate help to those in need. Here are...

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Overview

For the 54 million Americans who currently care for aging parents and loved ones, this important resource provides essential information for solving day-to-day problems in the real world.

The Caregiver's Essential Handbook includes valuable insights and commonsense tips from those who have walked in their shoes: nursing professionals, physical therapists, social workers, and loving family members whose creativity and resurcefulness offer immediate help to those in need. Here are practical solutions for saving money on medication; getting doctors to really listen; making life easier for people who are visually, hearing, or mentally impaired; and most important, taking care of oneself.

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April 2003 Daily News-Sun, April 2003
The Caregiver's Essential Handbook gives extensive tips, lists and practical advice for those delving into the realm of caregiving.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071395199
  • Publisher: NTC Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/24/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
Part I The Basics
1 Getting Started 3
Where to Begin? 3
Getting Organized 9
Financial Matters 12
2 Home Sweet Home 15
Around the House 15
Home Safe Home 19
In the Kitchen 25
In the Bathroom 28
Crime Protection 30
How to Protect Your Senior Against Fraud 32
3 Keeping It Together 37
Dress for Success 37
Looking Good, Feeling Good 42
4 Managing the Outside World 45
Getting Out and About 45
Travel 51
Part II Health Issues
5 Staying Healthy 59
Sound Body, Sound Mind 59
Eating 65
Sleep 74
Exercise 80
6 Common Infirmities 85
Depression 85
Memory and Dementia 90
Hearing Loss 99
Vision Loss 103
Incontinence 108
7 Medical Treatment 113
Doctors 113
Medications 120
The Hospital 127
Getting There 127
In the Hospital 128
The Hospital Room Makeover 135
Going Home 137
Part III People Who Need People
8 Staying Close 143
Communicating, Connecting, and Coping 143
Could You Just Listen? 154
Staying Connected 155
A Senior's Best Friend: The Joy of Pets 167
Memories Old and New 168
The Rest of the Family 176
9 Getting Help from Other Caregivers 181
"Help" Is Not a Four-Letter Word 181
Home Away from Home: Assisted-Living Facilities 187
10 Taking Care of You 197
Staying Balanced, Staying Strong 197
Final Words 202
Resources 203
Index 207
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