Joan's Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive gives you, the caregiver, ways to meet your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social needs and those of your elder to promote healing, well-being, and survival.
Based on the author's research and fourteen years of experience caring for her mother, this book provides many resources to find the right place for your elder to live, explains ways to improve communication to help find solutions to problems, and gives organization ideas formedical, financial, insurance, and legal documents. It offers ways for a caregiver to get time away from caregiving responsibilities and contains information substitutecaregivers must have to keep their elders safe. Along with all this, the book explains the signs of the end of life, ways to celebrate an elder's life, and gives duties of an executor of an estate. It also includes ten useful charts to assist in assessing and recording an elder's needs and capabilities.
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Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive, by Joan Y Edwards, is a comprehensive handbook for those who are taking care of or may need to take care of an elderly person. So often when one becomes a caregiver to a parent or other relative, they are not at all prepared for the job at hand. Being unprepared can cause stress to the caregiver and to the person being cared for. With Joan’s handbook, this stress, frustration, and exhaustion can be relieved. There is advice on how to handle emotions that are sure to arise and for making sure to provide social outlets for your elder, and so much more. From first deciding the best location for your loved one to the end of life discussions, this book has it all. The book even provides checklists to use and a whole host of resources! Of essential importance, is making sure your own needs are met. We often forget to care for ourselves when we are caring for a loved one. However, we are no good to them if we are not good to ourselves. What is sometimes difficult to think about are the financial issues to consider after your loved one has passed. Joan’s book discusses how to best handle wills, trusts, estates, and more. There is even a section on grieving our loved one. I especially love the anecdotal stories she shares about her time caring for her feisty, witty elderly mother. Her experiences are what prompted her to write this book. She realized how much she needed to consider before deciding to provide full-time care for her mother. There did not seem to be a comprehensive guide to help her, so she decided to write her own. This is a book everyone should have if they may ever need to care for an elderly person. Joan Y Edwards has thought of everything!
Joan's Elder Care Guide If you are looking for a book written by someone who has first hand knowledge of taking care of an elder, Joan Y. Edwards' Elder Care Guide gives you recommendations beyond where to just look for help. Joan explains how to be assured that your senior is getting the best care and how to determine that you are doing what's best for him or her. She shares her personal journey of the do's and don'ts for a healthy caretaker in hopes that her experiences in taking care of her mother would help others. Each section of this book provides insight in what you should do for your senior whether you place them in nursing home or they remain at home. One of Joan's suggestions is to make a surprise visit to a nursing home to see for yourself what the facility has to offer. If you're moving them from their home to yours let them take a few things that remind of them of home. She emphasizes how important it is to keep records on any concerns or questions you may want to ask the doctor, medications, and each doctor's contact information. These are just a few examples of what is in the book. Elder Care Guide has a wealth of information in it. In my opinion, it is a book well worth buying. Author, Joan Phyllis Baker
This book is a no-frills, very well-researched self-help guide on how to help. The language is simple, saying what Joan wants to say and no more. What is particularly impressive is the logical, step by step way Joan analyzes each problem, so that without talking down to the reader, she presents a guide even a kid could understand and follow. Second is the unfailing positivity. In a way, the book is disguised therapy for inner strength and self-confidence. While the links and information provided are specific to the USA, the concepts and advice can be adapted to the peculiarities of other countries. I have worked both as a psychotherapist and as a nurse in nursing homes. My wife cared for her mother for many years, with me on the sidelines. From this personal experience, I can recommend Joan’s Elder Care Guide as accurate, helpful and even inspiring.
Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive is an Exhaustive, Comprehensive Book. Joan's Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive is an exhaustive, comprehensive book. Detailed and organized in the order that you would use it. It provides links to online applications and phone numbers, ideas and resources as a starting place to brainstorm easy, meaningful ways to assist you in maintaining your elder’s health and your own. Joan provides great resources such as an Appendix-Everything that needs to be thought of as a caregiver. Personal Skills and Needs Assessment for Daily Living, Your Elder’s Needs, Sample Daily Schedule, Medical Alert Card, List of Medications, Vitamins, Herbs, and Over-the-Counter Drugs. Daily Medications and Reactions Record, List & Location of Important Documents. Financial Income & Bills to Be Paid, a Walking Log for Twelve Weeks. There is also a Caregiver Tool Kit. It is a collection of useful supplies to keep handy 24/7 as a caregiver. Charts are provided. I loved the suggestions to those who offer their assistance, what to say, and how they can help. It also includes various charts for things you need to keep track of. Endnotes comprise clickable links to all of the research and everything referenced throughout the book. I wish that I had known of it when I was a caregiver. I know that I would have been prepared for everything and possibly paid for it too! If you have a family member who needs your help, don't hesitate to buy this book. It is a valuable tool for every family, organization, or caregiver.