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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Neva L Crogan, PhD, APRN, BC (University of Arizona College of Nursing)
Description: This is a food and shopping guide for use by at-home caregivers. This book includes all the elements needed for caregivers so that they can prepare and serve nutritious meals in the home setting.
Purpose: According to the authors, the goal of the book is to assist the aide in establishing a nutritionally sound atmosphere so that nutrition will be maintained when the aide is no longer in the home. The book is designed to enhance the dining experience and if read and implemented, this is an obtainable goal.
Audience: The book was developed and written for at-home caregivers, however, it is a versatile book that may be useful by home care agencies. The authors are credible professionals.
Features: This book could be viewed as a resource for use in the home. It includes basic nutrition information, facts about food supplements, steps in how to feed a client, instructions for shopping and food storage, and a description of common therapeutic diets. It also includes a sizable number of recipes that can be adapted or food items substituted to meet individual needs of clients. The book includes appendixes and an easy to use glossary and index.
Assessment: This is a very useful and much needed cooking companion for at-home caregivers. All information is presented in a clear, concise manner so that it can be used both as an initial introduction to the content and as a quick review. The information will contribute to the caregiver's job satisfaction by modeling appropriate behaviors so that the client can achieve maximum health and well-being.