Linda Abbit, founder of Tender Loving Eldercare and a veteran of the caregiving industry, shares her advice on taking care of an older parent or loved one and how to handle everything that goes along with this dramatic life change.
Being a caregiver can be a difficult role. It requires patience, tenderness, selflessness, and hard work. Providing care for someone, whether it’s a parent, a loved one, or as a professional requires a high level of self-love and self-care. But while it may be a rewarding experience to care for a loved one, the emotional and physical stress of caregiving can lead to burnout and exhaustion—causing caregivers to put themselves and their own well-being in the background.
How can you fulfill your role as a caregiver without losing yourself? Conscious Caregiver teaches you how to navigate caring for your loved one, whether it’s full-time in-house caregiving or hiring support from outside services. With information on how to talk to your loved ones about the situation, handle the emotional stress, stay financially secure, and take the time to care for yourself, this guide can help you care for your loved one and yourself at the same time.
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About the Author
Linda Abbit is the Community Outreach Manager for the innovative Mind and Memory outpatient program at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, CA. A former caregiver with twenty-five-plus years’ experience, her blog, Tender Loving Eldercare, has grown into a Facebook community for caregivers. She is a prominent contributor to SeniorPlanet.org, where many of her stories remain in the top thirty articles read on the site. She holds a master’s in education, and has been vocal in the caregiving community for fifteen-plus years. In 2009, she received the Caregiver of the Year Award by Caregiving.com, and her website was nominated for excellence by Best Senior Living Awards in 2012, 2013, and 2014. She is the author of The Conscious Caregiver.
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The Conscious Caregiver by Linda Abbit guides adults how to behave as responsible caregivers when a loved one (a parent or spouse) is living through the frightening and poignant moments of the final stages of life. Many excellent books help new parents learn how to care for newborns and children. These are often best sellers because everyone wants to be the best parent they can become. Too few books help adults prepare for the death of a loved one. Linda Abbit covers the subject of conscious caregiving from A to Z. The subtitle A Mindful Approach to Caring for Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself shows you the wisdom of Abbit. Conscious Caregiver serves two purposes; the first is, giving world class care to your loved one, and the second purpose is to do this important work while preserving your emotional, physical, and spiritual life. Abbit has written a masterpiece. Get yourself a copy, study it and recommend it to friends and family members . . . some day you will have to implement the care of a loved one who is dying. You want to approach this solemn duty using the best methods to support the care receiver. You want to approach this sacred duty keeping yourself in the best health you can retain. You cannot be of much service to your loved one if you become weak because of your loving care giving. Linda Abbit has been there with her parents and is an experienced eldercare advisor, I urge you to study this book and heed her wisdom.