When it comes to taking care of your parent, most of us don't know where to begin. This is especially true if your parent is independent and has been living on his or her own for many years. How do you know when to step in and take charge? If you do have to take charge, where do you begin? Where do you leave off? How do you get others involved in the process?
This guide takes you step-by-step through the entire process of dealing with the responsibilities having an aging parent places on you. They took care of you when you couldn't take care of yourself. Now it's your turn to take care of them. Much of what is written comes from the author's own experience in taking on the care of his own parent, while maintaining a family and a busy career. If everything went smoothly, it would be a pleasure to pay back your parent. But with old people and their ailments, things rarely go smoothly. Here you'll find what goes wrong and how to deal with it. You'll learn how you can avoid many of these mistakes by being pro-active in your care.
This book gives you the tools you'll need to steer through one of life's most challenging experiences -- caring for a parent who may or may not appreciate, or even recognize, your help. It provides down-to-Earth advice on making it through each step of the care process. It's filled with real-life examples, with checklists, forms, worksheets, and sample letters to keep you firmly on track. All are included on a FREE CD-ROM inside the back cover. Open the forms you need with your word processing program, for either IBM-style or Macintosh computers. Change them to suit your needs, fill them out, and then print. Or open in Adobe Acobat Reader, print out and fill in by hand.
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