When Family Calls: Finding Hope in the Chaos of Long-Distance Caregiving

When Family Calls: Finding Hope in the Chaos of Long-Distance Caregiving

by Caroline H Sheppard
When Family Calls: Finding Hope in the Chaos of Long-Distance Caregiving

When Family Calls: Finding Hope in the Chaos of Long-Distance Caregiving

by Caroline H Sheppard


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Long Distance Caregiving can be challenging—and one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

No one is ever fully prepared to help a family member through a difficult illness, and aging issues, let alone prepare their loved ones for death. In today’s world many are called upon to help from afar—children, nieces or nephews, siblings and even friends. There are many “how to” books out there on caregiving but few share their story—the raw emotions, the exhaustion—but that show how, in the end, the caregiver gains wonderful gifts and a deepened love and understanding for those they help.

In her first book for adults, Caroline H. Sheppard shares her story of how she was called to oversee the care for five family members over a fifteen year period (from 1999 to 2014). Due to the physical distance between those in need and herself, she learned the ups and downs and ins and outs of long distance care and how challenging and rewarding it can be.

"Finally! A beautifully written caregiver's memoir, filled with insight, heart and tons of practical information. Caroline shows us what a tough balancing act—both emotional and physical—we've either chosen or been called on to undertake. It’s not just another how-to book. Caroline shows us by example—the how-to is a bonus takeaway delivered through a compelling story that’s hard to put down."

Adrienne Gruberg


The Caregiver Space, Inc.

“The journey she takes us on, the stories she tells us compels us to listen. We learn so much from her and need to thank her for bringing us into the world of caregiving with such detail and personal honesty. Her story will help us avoid the missteps, lessen the physical and emotional stress of caregiving and provide us with the support and resources that comes from her sharing the lessons she had to learn firsthand."

Dr. William Steele

Founder, The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936449767
Publisher: Hugo House Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date: 09/22/2017
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword, vii

Introduction, ix

When the Call Comes, xiii

CHAPTER ONE My First “Call,” 1

CHAPTER TWO My Caregiving Journey for Dad Begins, 7

CHAPTER THREE Care Planning, Moves, Reaching Out, Making Decisions, 19

CHAPTER FOUR Past Any Hope of Going Home, 35

CHAPTER FIVE The Move to Florida, 41

CHAPTER SIX One Year Later: The Downward Spiral Is Rapid, 53

CHAPTER SEVEN The End of His Life, 67

CHAPTER EIGHT My Mother’s Story, 81

CHAPTER NINE Transitioning From One Level of Care to Another, 93

CHAPTER TEN The Final Months: Deja Vu All Over Again, 107

CHAPTER ELEVEN Eighteen Months Later: My Aunt’s Story, 117

CHAPTER TWELVE So Much to Do-So Little Time, 133

CHAPTER THIRTEEN The Last Hospitalization: The Final Call, 151

CHAPTER FOURTEEN My Uncle’s Story, 157

CHAPTER FIFTEEN My Brother’s Story, 179

CHAPTER SIXTEEN The Final Moves, 203

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN My Final Thoughts, 225

Epilogue, 233

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