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The Mindful Caregiver: Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey
     

The Mindful Caregiver: Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey

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by Nancy L. Kriseman
 

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Caregiving can be enormously challenging, terrifically rewarding, and potentially draining. Caregivers often wonder how they will navigate the tumultuous waters of caregiving and not lose themselves completely. The Mindful Caregiver highlights two major approaches to help transform the journey: adopting a practice of mindfulness, which helps caregivers become

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Caregiving can be enormously challenging, terrifically rewarding, and potentially draining. Caregivers often wonder how they will navigate the tumultuous waters of caregiving and not lose themselves completely. The Mindful Caregiver highlights two major approaches to help transform the journey: adopting a practice of mindfulness, which helps caregivers become more self-aware and fully present with the person with whom they are caring, and honoring “the spirit-side” of caregiving which offers new ways of connecting to one another. These approaches take into account not just the needs of the care recipient, but also the needs of the caregiver and other people in his/her life.

Remembering to care for oneself when someone else is in great need can be difficult, but with the suggestions and tips in this book, any caregiver can cultivate routines and practices that benefit everyone. Solutions that caregivers can use in their day to day routines are provided, so caregivers who use them can feel more empowered and hopeful. Using real stories throughout, Nancy Kriseman offers self-care exercises and addresses a wide variety of subjects such as setting realistic expectations, making the best possible decisions, advocating effectively, and evaluating available resources and services. The Mindful Caregiver provides inspiration, encouragement, and guidance for finding ease in the caregiving journey. By emphasizing both mindfulness and the spiritual dimension, caregivers can reap the gifts of caregiving, appreciate the special moments, and find strength during the challenging times.

Editorial Reviews

Wellspouse Association
If you are facing the need for caregiving in any manner this should be one of your first stops on the path. Be guided by those that have traveled this way before you.
IAHPC Newsletter
This is a book for caregivers, about how to make the caregiving journey easier and more meaningful for the caregiver, and hopefully better for the recipient of that care. . . .I think this book is very good and it is certainly down to earth and practical. I would be very comfortable recommending it to any caregiver seeking help with their role. Whilst it would be bread and butter for a social worker or an experienced palliative care nurse, I did wonder how your average caregiver would deal with it. It covers a lot of territory.
Nursing Times
This is an informative book using mindfulness and self awareness to ease the caregiver’s journey. [The Mindful Caregiver is] presented in an easy and insightful reading style. . . .The use of case studies throughout the book present pertinent issues, ideas and strategies . . . [which] help negate the feelings of isolation and loneliness. . . .I believe a caregiver reading this would find their spirits lifted and find their personal fear and guilt subsiding, for these reasons alone the book is worth reading. . . .While the book is uplifting and positive it doesn’t shirk from the realistic and in places honest picture of what it means to be a caregiver. . . .The resources, appendices and bibliography . . . are comprehensive and provide the reader with a starting point and include an excellent appendix on how to evaluate a website. . . .an excellent resource for carers. Its open writing style presents a non judgemental uplifting read with no expectations placed upon the reader. It can be read from cover to cover but provides useful chapters to dip back into at a later day or if requiring a therapeutic pick-me-up.
Well Spouse Association
If you are facing the need for caregiving in any manner this should be one of your first stops on the path. Be guided by those that have traveled this way before you.
Caregivers.com
Nancy L. Kriseman's new book is an unusual and comprehensive guide to bringing 'mindfulness' to family caregiving, and well worth reading. ... The Mindful Caregiver is about so much more than paying attention to the needs of others. In fact, the central message of Kriseman’s book is that we, as family caregivers caring for a family member or friend, need to pay attention to own needs above all else. ... The Mindful Caregiver could be described not just as a meditation on mindfulness, but as a top-notch 'how to' book for caregivers. Her tips for finding a geriatric care manager, deciding on an elder care facility, or advocating for your loved one in the E.R., for example, seem comprehensive. As readers we benefit from Kriseman’s long career working with elders and their caregivers, and from her ability to write clearly and compassionately. ... [W]hat makes The Mindful Caregiver particularly compelling are the author’s descriptions of the challenges faced by some of her former clients. . . . I appreciated that Kriseman goes into detail for each scenario, offering us a road map if we find ourselves in similar situations. Many readers will see themselves and their families in these pages, and feel both reassured that they are not alone and empowered to put their own needs firsts.
Mary Erlanger
This pioneering book reflects Nancy Kriseman’s years of experience, breakthrough insights, and cutting-edge knowledge. It is a true gift to caregivers.
Joyce Simard
The Mindful Caregiver is a book that should be “required reading” for caregivers. Nancy Kriseman tells this story from the perspective of having been a caregiver herself, as well as her years of helping other caregivers. The mortality rate of the so called “well spouse” is unacceptably high; the high depression rate among caregivers also points to how caregivers often overlook their own needs. Nancy’s book offers excellent examples of how to be a mindful caregiver so that diseases, especially Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, do not have two victims: the person with the disease and the caregiver.
Connie Goldman
Nancy Kriseman's book is unique and powerful. The Mindful Caregiver offers both personal insights and professional experience on every page. Nancy has been a hands on family caregiver herself for many years, as well as professionally guiding and counseling family caregivers through many challenges in their personal caregiving. Her advice, and the stories she shares, offers a voice that every caregiver can relate to and benefit from reading.
Pauline Boss
Nancy Kriseman's book is full of pragmatic and helpful tools for making caregiving easier, but really, her book is about a new way of being a caregiver. Sharing personal and professional stories, she skillfully describes a more intentional path, one that helps caregivers stay resilient and healthy, not with a pill but with self-awareness. Bravo!
Lisa P. Gwyther
A gifted writer mindfully melds personal and professional know-how to encourage and inspire family caregivers. Kriseman’s pro-active, positive words honor the spirit of family care relationships while simultaneously acknowledging the losses in providing such intimate care. Her step-by-step guidance will preserve family caregiver strengths. Readers will immediately identify with the poignant well-placed family caregiver quotes from recognition of a problem through end-of-life care. If this was a medication, doctors would be prescribing it to every well-intentioned but understandably overwhelmed family caregiver.
Bruce E. Rudisch
Nancy Kriseman has done a masterful job of applying the cutting edge mental health concept of mindfulness to the emerging public health crisis of caregiver burden. This book combines Nancy’s unique perspective based on years of intimate work with her clients and her personal experience as a caregiver for her own beloved mother with Alzheimer ’s disease. This book is an essential read for caregivers of the elderly and infirm as well as the professionals who accompany them on this journey.
Helen W. Coale
The Mindful Caregiver: Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey is an inspirational book that speaks to the spirit, heart, mind, body and soul of both caregivers and their “care recipients.” Creative, well researched, based on years of personal and professional experience, and loaded with solid practical tips, meaningful anecdotes, and humorous perspectives, Kriseman’s book has a positive, upbeat tone that addresses the benefits as well as the burdens, the pleasures as well as the pitfalls, inherent in the caregiving role. A must read for every caregiver.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442223547
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/16/2014
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Nancy L. Kriseman, LCSW, is a geriatric social worker in private practice. She provides counseling, consultation, and educational seminars to family caregivers, and training and presentations to organizations. She has over thirty years of experience working in eldercare, focusing much of her professional career working with family caregivers. She has published numerous articles on aging issues. Her first book, The Caring Spirit Approach to Eldercare: A Training Guide for Professionals and Families, won two national book awards in 2005. She also has been a caregiver to her mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and lived with it for seventeen years.
Find our more about Nancy at www.nancykriseman.com.

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The Mindful Caregiver: Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MarthaStettinius More than 1 year ago
As a former caregiver for my mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease, I recommend Nancy Kriseman’s book, a comprehensive guide to bringing “mindfulness” to caregiving. Her main message is that family caregivers need to pay attention to own needs above all else. Our “first order of business,” she says, is to “check in” with ourselves about how we are doing: Mindfulness “reminds you that you matter!  It nudges you to be kind and gentle,  nonjudgmental, and compassionate with yourself. It can help you prioritize, set limits, stay  true to yourself, and ultimately feel more at ease during the caregiving journey.”  “The Mindful Caregiver” could be described not just as a meditation on mindfulness, but as a top-notch “how to” book for caregivers. Her tips for finding a geriatric care manager, deciding on an elder care facility, or advocating for your loved one in the E.R., for example, seem comprehensive. As readers we benefit from Kriseman’s long career working with elders and their caregivers, and from her ability to write clearly and compassionately. We also benefit from the fact that Kriseman was a caregiver herself. Her mother was diagnosed at age 71 with Alzheimer’s disease, and passed away 17 years later. If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, you may appreciate that Kriseman includes many tips specifically for dementia caregivers. I found the scenes with her mother to be very moving.  In addition to her personal anecdotes, what makes “The Mindful Caregiver” particularly compelling are the author’s descriptions of the challenges faced by some of her former clients. I found it intriguing to see how a seasoned professional like Kriseman responded to a variety of difficult situations.  I appreciated that Kriseman goes into detail for each scenario, offering us road maps if we find ourselves in similar situations. Many readers will see themselves and their families in these pages, and feel both reassured that they are not alone and empowered to put their own needs firsts.  I have given “The Mindful Caregiver” 4 stars because of some minor design and editing issues that I found distracting as a reader. The vertical spacing between the lines of text is quite tight, which makes your eye work too hard to follow the lines as you read. Editing issues include dangling modifiers and some redundancy that would have benefited from revision or trimming. But otherwise I highly recommend the book to anyone caring for a family member or friend with a long-term illness or condition.  --author, “Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter’s Memoir”