I have always held in the back of my mind an uneasy to-do list as it relates to caring for my mom, especially now that my dad has passed. After reading this book, I know I can take this on. Today that means that I can take inventory of all the paperwork in my safe (which I have been avoiding) and that I can be better plugged in to what my mom may need help with at home (but won’t ask for). Tomorrow that might mean knowing how to deal with a medical situation…or something more serious.
I’ll Be Right Th ere is from the heart. Chock full of detail, humor, compassion, and love. Fern has captured the essence of being a caregiver, and we know the best advice comes from having lived that role. Th e book is an easy read, not a classic Rx, and Fern’s style and comic relief allow one to say, “OMG—that’s my parent(s)!”
—Judy Simon, geriatric expert; creator of T.A.P.—Th e Alzheimer Project (movement program based on ballroom dance) and Th e Parkinson’s Choir; Former owner A&J Home Care
After more than 15 years of caring for my disabled father—leading up to his passing—I thought I knew everything an adult child caring for an aging parent needed to know. I’m happy to say that I’ll Be Right Th ere proved me wrong in the best way possible. Th is book is a wonderfully comprehensive resource. Fern manages to present an amazing amount of information in an engaging yet realistic way. She doesn’t shy from the diﬃ cult or sensitive topics and uses her compassion and experiences to guide a reader through what can be a very hard process and major life event. I’m reassured that I’m now better prepared to help care for my aging mother.
Th is book provides an amazing road map for the reader. You can choose what chapters you need to visit and spend time reviewing. Th e guidance is clear and relatable along with recommendations and valuable resources in one comprehensive location. Congratulations, Fern, on taking this journey with your parents and procuring all the expertise along the way for the beneﬁ t of others.
—Marie Duquette, Atria @ Villages of Windsor, Community Sales Director
Fern has a nice way of relating diﬃ cult concepts into digestible sections. I particularly like the way she addresses driving. Driving while incapacitated (the real DWI) is a major problem, especially in cities without a good public transit infrastructure. It is an issue that must be approached with understanding and respect. Th e tools provided in I’ll Be Right Th ere should help readers on this and many other issues. Fern approached these types of diﬃ cult topics with sensitivity and insight.
—Scott Solkoﬀ, Elder Law Specialist
I particularly liked reading about your journey and about dealing with anger. I thought it was only my situation that my husband was so very angry and hostile.
I would have bought I’ll Be Right Th ere for the title alone, but as an adult who has cared for grandparents and is now sharing care for my parents along with my siblings, I am very aware of the need for great resources along the way. Th is guidebook is practical and compassionate, helping us avoid panic and assuring us that we will have what we need to navigate these uncertain times. Empowered with the information Fern has generously shared in this book, we can care for our parents and also care for ourselves. We can do this!
—Connie M. Baker Executive Director, Wong-Baker FACES Foundation Co-creator of the Wong-Baker FACES® Pain Rating Scale