Caregiving: Eldercare Made Clear & Simple

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  • Copyright: 2010-07-15
  • Publisher: Itasca Books
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Fifty-four million Americans are caregivers, not just for children, but also for aging parents and grandparents. And most of these caregivers are women. Maneuvering the eldercare journey is challenging and emotionally depleting, but it is also one of life's greatest gifts.

Author Biography

Cindy Laverty is a nationally recognized caregive expert and coach, and a radio talk show host, whose weekly show focuses on the subject of care¨how we care for ourselves so we can better care for each other. Cindy is the Compassionate Caregiver's Best Friend.AUTHOR HOME: Los Angeles, CA

Table of Contents

A Word from Cindyp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Basicsp. 5
Caring For Your Loved Onep. 7
The Signsp. 11
What to Expectp. 13
Day-to-Day Livingp. 17
The Power of Touchp. 19
Taking the Keys Awayp. 21
Personal Interestsp. 25
Holidaysp. 27
Gift-givingp. 29
Keeping Informedp. 31
Doing Uncomfortable Thingsp. 33
Handling Medical Newsp. 37
The Medical Teamp. 41
Selecting a Caregiver-Buyer Beware!p. 45
Do Your Homeworkp. 46
Implement a Thorough Screening Processp. 46
Outline Specific Responsibilities and Expectationsp. 47
Taking Care of Business Matters-Getting Life in Orderp. 51
What To Do Firstp. 51
Protecting Your Loved Onep. 53
A Quick Legal Lessonp. 55
Power of Attorneyp. 55
Choosing the Agentp. 55
Types of Powers of Attorneyp. 56
Financial and Medical Powers of Attorneyp. 57
What is an Advanced Health Care Directive?p. 57
Securing Personal Informationp. 59
Important Papers and Documentationp. 59
Important Information and Contactsp. 61
Credit Bureausp. 62
End of Life Decisionsp. 65
Personal Care: Yes, You Matter!p. 69
Caring for Yourselfp. 71
The Processp. 75
Setting Boundaries to Save Your Sanityp. 77
Caring for the Caregiverp. 81
Surviving Caregiver Burnoutp. 83
What Can be Done to Avoid Burnout?p. 85
Setting Up Your Support Systemp. 87
Our Basic Human Needsp. 91
Sleepp. 93
Sleep Tips I've Learned Over the Yearsp. 95
Your Diet Makes a Differencep. 97
Exercise Mattersp. 99
Don't Ignore Your Mental Healthp. 101
Spiritualityp. 103
Forms and Resourcesp. 105
Important Phone Numbersp. 108
Senior Information Sheetp. 110
Senior's History Hobbies, and Interestsp. 112
Emergency Contactsp. 115
Insurance Informationp. 116
Primary Care Physician Informationp. 118
Medication Information Sheetsp. 119
Medication Informationp. 121
Vitamins, Herbs, and Supplementsp. 124
Pharmacy Informationp. 128
Daily Monitoringp. 130
Daily Monitoring Sheetsp. 131
Personal Care Requirementsp. 134
Caregiver Task Listp. 136
Current Health Issuesp. 137
Eyeglass Informationp. 140
Dentist Informationp. 140
Planning for Emergenciesp. 141
Emergency Items Neededp. 141
Hospital Preparednessp. 143
Diet and Nutritionp. 145
Diet and Nutrition Informationp. 147
Safety Firstp. 150
The Elder-Proof-Your-Home Scavenger Huntp. 151
Now Let's Take it Room By Room!p. 154
The Family Petp. 161
Family Pet Informationp. 163
Veterinarian Informationp. 163
Legal and Financial Informationp. 164
Legal and Financial Professionalsp. 166
Financial Institutionsp. 171
Credit Card Informationp. 173
Insurancep. 175
Insurance Informationp. 176
Personal Property-Vehiclesp. 181
Personal Property-Valuablesp. 182
Aftercare Informationp. 186
Lettersp. 188
Afterwordp. 191
For Your Considerationp. 192
Recommended Readingp. 195
Resource Guidep. 197
Glossaryp. 209
About the Authorp. 215
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