When it comes time to provide care for those who once cared for us, where can we turn? This book offers practical guidance for a broad range of caregiving situations when family caregivers assume their new role.
- Uses the latest research and draws on case histories and interviews.
- Is a resource as well as a source of inspiration, with a blend of powerful stories and practical advice.
- Helps caregivers cope with numerous challenges, including parents who need but refuse help; siblings who don’t get along; the complexity of healthcare systems; financial issues; juggling work and caregiving; the use of technology; the power of connecting with a loved one who has dementia; and realizing the benefits amid the burdens of caregiving.
About the Author
Jody Gastfriend has been a social worker for more than thirty years and is vice president of senior care for Care.com, the world’s largest online marketplace for finding and managing family care.
Table of Contents
Foreword Patrick J. Kennedy xi
1 The Journey Begins 1
2 The Imperfect Caregiver 24
3 The Parent Who Rejects Help 39
4 Good, Bad, and Nonexistent Siblings 60
5 What Does Care Cost, and Who Pays? 87
6 The Care Maze 119
7 Making Work Work 144
8 The Art of Connection: Caring for a Loved One with Dementia 164
9 Caring for the Parent Who Couldn't Care for You 185
10 How to Care for Ourselves Too 207
11 Letting Go 227
12 Moving Forward, Looking Back 247
Appendix: Tips and Checklists
A Proactive Approach to Caregiving 263
When Your Parent Refuses Help 265
Home Dangers Every Caregiver Should Know 267
Paying for Long-Term Care 269
Seek Workplace Support 271
Caring for Someone with Dementia 273
Doctor's Appointment Checklist 275
What to Ask When Choosing a Nursing Home 277
What to Ask When Choosing an Assisted Living Community 279
What to Ask When Choosing a Nonmedical Home Care Agency 281
Recommended Further Reading 297
About the Author 317