The role of Family Caregiver is one that many enter with little training, prior knowledge or preparation. Whether you anticipated your role, personal care is an important part of remaining an effective caregiver. Here are six books that may give you inspiration, courage or just a laugh along the way.
Each book, written by a current or former caregiver, provides insight into the life of a caregiver, with advice about personal care and managing the many-faceted role you have accepted.
The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself
By Diana B. Denholm
Denholm shares not only her own 11 year experience as a caregiver to her husband, but also profiles six women filling the same role. Denholm visits questions that come up in the minds of women that care for husbands, like “Why doesn’t anybody ask how I’m doing?” Denholm offers these truths amid helpful survival tips and stories of real women coping with caregiving.
A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents—and Ourselves
By Jane Gross
Gross mingles her personal story of caring for her mother over a three-year decline and resulting death with the national profile of elder care in the United States. Gross addresses not only practical issues but also delves into ways to help parents keep their dignity as their child takes on a parental role.
10,000 Joys and 10,000 Sorrows: A Couple’s Journey through Alzheimer’s
By Olivia Hoblitzelle
Through a Buddhist lens, Hoblitzelle explores the various levels of happiness and anguish that accompany caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Hoblitzelle’s own husband of 35 years was under her care, and she cherished the moments when his humor shone through Alzheimer’s.
By Roger Rosenblatt
Rosenblatt explores the ups and downs of caring for three grandchildren following the sudden loss of his daughter to a heart condition. Rosenblatt talks about the grief he experienced, the attempt at personal care and the satisfaction of caring for his grandchildren in the loss.
When the Time Comes: Families with Aging Parents Share Their Struggles and Solutions
By Paula Span
Span wrote her book about caregiving as she was embarking on her journey as a caregiver to her widowed father. Span explores the questions families must wade through as they choose the best environment and care for their loved ones.
Caring for Your Parents: The Complete Family Guide—Practical Advice You Can Trust from the Experts at AARP
By Hugh Delehanty and Elinor Ginzler
This guide written by the AARP presents various scenarios that caregivers may encounter when assisting older parents as they age. The topics cover finances, normal aging processes, housing alternatives and working as your parents’ advocate.
When you need resources for ensuring that you are making informed choices about your senior loved one’s care, please call Freudenthal Home Health. We can provide you with information about appropriate resources, no matter the topic related to caring for your senior loved one.