Sunday, August 9, 2015

"The Caregiver's Journey" Book Review

It may seem out of place for me to review a book about being a caregiver for an elderly loved one. However, as the author, Todd F. Cope, noted, "Sixty five million Americans (mostly mothers) are currently a caregiver for a loved one. With the Baby Boom generation reaching retirement age, that number will only increase. Most adults who are not caregivers either know one, or anticipate becoming one in the near future." Some of you already may be facing this responsibility. Some of you may not be there yet, but the best time to prepare is now.

The Caregiver's Journey is an introductory book into the world of caregiving for loved ones (not professionals) who need easily understood and accessible advice on how to give proper care. It outlines the journey you will have to take, from recognizing care is needed to finding the right help to saying goodbye. It covers common problems and emotions you may face, and it begins each chapter with a real example to give you an idea of an issue or to help you relate with others who have been in similar situations to yours and your loved one's.

*It is very simple and practical to help those who have no professional background in caregiving and need general tools on how to start and navigate the journey and where to find more resources specific to your situation.
*The sections and chapters are organized very well to help you find answers about specific topics relevant to where you are in the caregiving journey.
*The book is a short, quick read, perfect for your busy lifestyle.

*More of an FYI  than a frown: Because the approach is more general in nature, it is not helpful for those looking for more detailed information on care for certain conditions, what to look for in a care facility, or what questions to ask when hiring help. It is a simple overview of issues that come with being a caregiver and how to handle them.

I recommend this book for anyone who is new to caregiving and is feeling lost or overwhelmed, anyone who may become a caregiver in the near future, or anyone you know who is in those positions and may benefit from guidance. In fact, I think I'm going to pass along my copy to my uncle, who cares for my grandma.
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