Caregiver's Survival Guide: Caring for Yourself While Caring for a Loved One

Caregiver's Survival Guide: Caring for Yourself While Caring for a Loved One

by Robert Yonover, Ellie Crowe


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Caregiver's Survival Guide is based on Dr. Robert Yonover's personal experiences. While struggling to become a successful scientist and inventor, he also was primary caregiver for his paralyzed wife for more than twenty years and raised their two children. Yonover takes you into the throes of his life as a caregiver, husband, and father, offering guidance and hope through his story. He provides advice on:

  • Dealing with heavy news
  • Handling day-to-day challenges
  • Holding on to the foundation of your relationship
  • Taking stock of finances
  • Adapting and enjoying life
  • Staying sane
  • Maintaining a social life
  • Fighting for your rights

    Through Caregiver's Survival Guide, Dr. Yonover will equip other caregivers who face similar physical, mental, social, and financial challenges with tips and guidelines from his own experiences and other experts to help make their situation survivable.
  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781510731776
    Publisher: Skyhorse
    Publication date: 07/17/2018
    Pages: 176
    Sales rank: 307,658
    Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

    About the Author

    Dr. Robert Yonover is a geochemist/volcanologist and the inventor of a multitude of survival technologies awarded U.S. Military/DARPA funding and U.S. Patents. Dr. Yonover's media credits include appearances on CNN, PBS, Discovery Channel and Shark Tank. He is the co-author of Hardcore Inventing. Dr. Yonover faced twenty years of long-term challenges when his wife, Cindy, became paralyzed and he unexpectedly became a caregiver and the sole functional parent of two young children. He resides in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Ellie Crowe is the author of Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku, a multi-award-winning book, including the prestigious Once Upon a World Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance. Ellie has also written many other award-winning books, including Hawaii, A Pictorial Celebration and Exploring Lost Hawaii. She has appeared on the Travel Channel and the History Channel. Crowe lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Table of Contents

    Foreword xi

    Introduction xiii

    Section 1 Two In Deep 1

    Chapter 1 Hold On to the Foundations of Your Relationship 3

    Happy, Loving Couple 3

    Chapter 2 Dealing with Heavy News 7

    Brain Stem Lesion 7

    Telling Your Family and Friends 7

    Short-Term vs. Long-Term Conditions 9

    Chapter 3 Dealing with Daily Challenges 13

    Loss of Mobility and the Dreaded Wheelchair 13

    Developing My Feminine Side 15

    Chapter 4 Why Me? And the Blame Game 17

    Chapter 5 Take Stock of Your Ship 21

    How's Your Ship? 22

    Assess the Mental Health of Your Team 24

    Children's Needs 25

    Assess Your Own Health 26

    Manage Caregiver Stress 28

    Chapter 6 Caregiver Mental Health Breaks 31

    Caregiver Escapes 32

    Escape into Nature 34

    Go to Your Village 35

    Chapter 7 Counseling 39

    Taking Care of Yourself 40

    Value What You Provide 40

    Chapter 8 Take Stock of Your Finances 43

    Finances-Or the Money Pit 43

    Use Your Caregiving Dollars Wisely 44

    Pick Your Priorities 45

    Seek Professional Advice 46

    Chapter 9 Seek Ways to Adapt and Still Enjoy Life 47

    Carve Your Joy Niche 49

    Keep It Light 49

    Entertainment 50

    Exercise 52

    Cycling System 53

    Help Care Recipient Keep a Favorite Activity 54

    Travel Strategies and Fabio 56

    Chapter 10 Mental Health and Staying Sane 59

    Ignore and Distract 61

    Staying Sane 62

    Chapter 11 The Social Aspect 65

    Visitors: The Good, the Bad, and the Clueless 66

    Kindred Spirit-Louie Zamperini 67

    Chapter 12 Chasing Rainbows 69

    Dead Man Surfing 69

    Israeli Dream 71

    Quacks 'R' Us 73

    Chapter 13 Frustration and Loss 75

    Six-Day War, 2012 76

    Bub and Lovie Sitcom, 2015 77

    Section 2 Basic Tasks 81

    Chapter 14 Gut Check and the Daily Challenge 83

    Trust Your Instincts 84

    Feeding 85

    Sleeping 86

    Bathroom and Beyond 89

    Public Bathrooms 92

    Bathing 93

    Transfers 96

    Chapter 15 Medications and Marijuana 99

    Avoid Problems with Pills 100

    Section 3 Reach Out For Help 103

    Chapter 16 Seek Expert Help and Advice 105

    Seek Financial Advice 105

    Seek Legal Advice 106

    Public Benefits 106

    Services for Veterans 106

    Community Services 107

    Adult Day Care 108

    Medicare In-Home Part-Time Nursing or Rehabilitative Care 109

    Community Care Services 110

    Hospice and Medicare 110

    Family and Medical Leave Act 111

    Insurance 111

    Free or Discounted Services for Seniors or Caregivers 112

    Chapter 17 Nurses and Helpers 117

    Live-In Help at Care Recipient's Home 117

    Suggestions for Employing Live-In Help 117

    Considering Applicants 118

    Interview 118

    Checking References 119

    Physical Help at Home 120

    Hiring Help 120

    Privacy 121

    Help from Family 122

    Chapter 18 Doctors 125

    Dealing with Doctors 127

    Choosing a Doctor 128

    Doctor's Visits 129

    Chapter 19 Fight for Your Rights and Causes 131

    Section 4 Grieve and Then Create New Dreams 133

    Chapter 20 Love, Loss, and Lessons Learned 135

    Chapter 21 Caregiving, A Daughter's Perspective, Kera Yonover 137

    Index 141

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