The Aftereffects of Caregiving

Author: Gary Joseph LeBlanc
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 9781478759829
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Throughout the many years that you, as a caregiver attend to the countless needs of your loved one, or ones, you will lose fragments of your life that may take years to recover. You may come crawling out of your caregiving campaign wondering if there's any of the original "You" left. Is this you? Are you feeling a little lost, fragile, maybe hesitant to move forward in life? This book was written specifically for you! We want to help you find yourself again or at least show you ways to reinvent yourself. We know from personal experience that the aftereffects of caregiving can be catastrophic. Our intent in writing this book is to help you open your front door and step back into the world. There is life still out there waiting for you.

Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfulness

Author: Gary Joseph LeBlanc
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781462877072
Format: PDF, Kindle
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When my father was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I read and researched everything I could get my hands on about the disease. Right off the bat I could tell if it was written by a physician, pharmaceutical company or even a nursing home. When caregivers are looking for help, the last thing they need is medical text so complex they already forgot what they read by the time it’s laid back down. This is what got me started on writing about common sense caregiving, which turned into a weekly column and now into this book. My goal is to make this book as “caregiver friendly” as possible. Sharing my triumphs and hardships from my plus three-thousand day campaign in dealing with the disease of Alzheimer’s and the world of memory-impairment. Gary Joseph LeBlanc is a columnist, speaker and book dealer from Spring Hill, Florida. He was the primary caregiver of his beloved father stricken with Alzheimer’s disease for nearly the past decade. LeBlanc’s weekly column appears in the Hernando Today, a Tampa Tribune Publication and other health publications. His writings offer insight and hope through his own journey of caregiving, dealing with the memory-impaired, given in a caregiver friendly manner.

The Caregiving Trap

Author: Pamela D. Wilson
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
ISBN: 163047536X
Format: PDF, Docs
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"The Caregiving Trap" combines the authentic life and professional experience of Pamela D. Wilson, who provides recommendations for overwhelmed and frustrated caregivers who themselves may one day need care. "The Caregiving Trap" includes stories about Pamela’s actual personal and professional experience along with end of chapter exercises to support caregivers. Common caregiving issues include: A sense of duty and obligation to provide care that damages family relationships Emotional and financial challenges resulting in denial of care needs Ignorance of predictive events that result in situations of crises or harm Delayed decision making and lack of planning resulting in limited choices Minimum standards of care supporting the need for advocacy

While I Still Can

Author: Rick Phelps
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 146918849X
Format: PDF
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Rarely does one get an opportunity to experience the nightmare that is Alzheimer’s Disease from the perspective of the person who has been stricken with it. In his book, “While I Still Can,” Rick Phelps, the founder of “Memory People,” an online Alzheimer’s and dementia support group, changes all of that. Diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in his 50's, Rick decided it was time the veil was lifted. Throughout this book the reader is given a firsthand account of: the early signs that Rick experienced, the loneliness he felt during the denial period of family and friends, the terror that gripped his heart upon receiving the undeniable diagnosis and, after the diagnosis, how he and his loved ones have learned to cope with this mind robbing and fatal disease. A real page turner, “While I Still Can,” affords an uncommon glimpse into the world of memory loss, while at the same time it tells the story of love, commitment, faith and courage in the face of a catastrophic disease.

Family Caregiving Across the Lifespan

Author: Eva Kahana
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0803944314
Format: PDF, ePub
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Examining caregiving issues from a multigenerational, family life cycle perspective, this volume deals with the broad spectrum of chronic illnesses that necessitate family caregiving throughout the lifespan and discusses responses to these challenges by both caregiving families and caregiving systems. Part One addresses the caregiving paradigm and the relationship of family caregiving research to family life studies. Part Two examines conceptual aspects of caregiving, ranging from the expansion of the caregiving paradigm, caregiving processes and tasks, to the positive aspects of caregiving. Part Three emphasizes how family caregivers are affected by the connection (or lack of it) to macro-level systems.

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

Author: Jonathan Evison
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 161620317X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving (releasing June 24, 2016 as a Netflix Original Film titled The Fundamentals of Caring, starring Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez), Jonathan Evison, author of the new novel This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! and the New York Times bestseller West of Here, has crafted a novel of the heart, a story of unlikely heroes in a grand American landscape. For Ben Benjamin, all has been lost--his wife, his family, his home, his livelihood. Hoping to find a new direction, he enrolls in a night class called The Fundamentals of Caregiving, where he will learn to take care of people with disabilities. He is instructed about professionalism, about how to keep an emotional distance between client and provider, and about the art of inserting catheters while avoiding liability. But when Ben is assigned his first client--a tyrannical nineteen-year-old boy named Trevor, who is in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy--he soon discovers that the endless service checklists have done nothing to prepare him for the reality of caring for a fiercely stubborn, sexually frustrated teenager who has an ax to grind with the whole world. Over time, the relationship between Ben and Trev, which had begun with mutual misgivings, evolves into a close friendship, and the traditional boundaries between patient and caregiver begin to blur. The bond between them strengthens as they embark on a road trip to visit Trev’s ailing father--a journey rerouted by a series of bizarre roadside attractions that propel them into an impulsive adventure disrupted by one birth, two arrests, a freakish dust storm, and a six-hundred-mile cat-and-mouse pursuit by a mysterious brown Buick Skylark. By the end of that journey, Trev has had his first taste of love, and Ben has found a new reason to love life. Bursting with energy and filled with moments of absolute beauty, this big-hearted and inspired novel ponders life’s terrible surprises as well as what it takes to truly care for another human being.

Managing Alzheimer s and Dementia Behaviors Health Care Edition

Author: Gary Joseph LeBlanc
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 9781478770893
Format: PDF
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Helping Caregivers become Dementia Friendly. . . The primary purpose of this Health Care Edition of, "Managing Alzheimer's and Dementia Behavior" is to assist both "Healthcare Professionals" and "Family Caregivers" alike in providing the best care possible to those living with Alzheimer's and other dementia-related diseases. No less important, however, is another objective; for the information contained within these pages to be a catalyst in creating a better understanding on managing behaviors and proper ways to communicate with our patients and loved ones. We are also hoping that this shared knowledge will help build a better bridge of communication between professional caregivers and the family members caring for those living with dementia. Communication between these two factions is paramount. It is our hope that this book will be read individually or in groups, discussed openly and, after putting some of the tips now learned into practice, discussed again. Always remember, each patient is unique, but at the same time, the disease can often be manageable with the use of common sense, diligence and, most importantly, with love. The ultimate goal is to make sure those with dementia are getting the best quality of life, for this is truly the best scenario for both parties involved. We need to educate all hospitals and health care communities to become dementia-friendly.

Family Caregiving in Chronic Illness

Author: David E. Biegel
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780608012674
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book provides a comprehensive analysis of family caregiving for adults who are dependent because of chronic illness. Focusing on five specific diseases - Alzheimer's, cancer, chronic mental illness, heart disease and stroke - the authors present and assess existing research and practice relating to family caregiving.

Grandmothers as caregivers

Author: Meredith Minkler
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
ISBN: 9780803948471
Format: PDF
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Published in cooperation with the Center for Practice Innovations, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University Recipient of Choice Magazine's 1993 Outstanding Academic Book Award One major consequence of the staggering cocaine epidemic is the increase it has caused in "skipped-generation families"--families in which the middle generation is absent, and grandparents are left to raise their grandchildren. Providing a rich and in-depth look at this phenomenon, Grandmothers as Caregivers focuses on African American women who are raising young grandchildren as a direct consequence of this epidemic. Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods, the authors give voice to the women's stories, and capture the strengths, the courage, the pain, and the insights of these "forgotten caregivers." The book explores multiple dimensions of grandparent caregiving, including the circumstances surrounding the assumption of the new role, the effects of such caregiving on the physical and emotional health of grandparents, the high costs of caregiving from an economic perspective, and the dual standard in government welfare policies that penalize grandparents for being related to the children in their care. The authors also look at grandparent caregiving nationally, describing innovative community interventions and service programs to support grandparent caregivers. A detailed and insightful look at the adverse effects of the cocaine epidemic, Grandmothers as Caregivers will be essential reading for professionals and students of gerontology, social work, family studies, nursing, and sociology. "Enlightened lay persons, as well as professionals and scholars, will benefit from the awareness generated. This is a highly recommended and well-written text with implications for practice and policy further research." --Family & Community Health "This study models thoughtful design, careful scholarship, vivid writing, and cogent recommendations. Spanning traditional fields of social research, women's studies, substance abuse, gerontology, child welfare, and public assistance, the book deserves wide reading. Highly recommended."

A Stranger In My Bed

Author: Debbie Sprague
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
ISBN: 1614485755
Format: PDF, ePub
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Combat-related PTSD and its effects on families that support wounded warriors is a growing concern throughout the world. This is a topic that few truly understand, and even fewer know how to help and support the veterans and families who are suffering. A Stranger in My Bed addresses these hidden topics and strives to provide empathy, compassion, education, and increased societal support for spouses and families who are facing the devastating effects of living with their veterans’ PTSD. Tools and support are provided for those caring for our veterans to give them strength, hope, and wellness for their future. The unique five-part format uses story, education, and a self-help program to promote knowledge, compassion, and caregiver wellness. The story provides an intimate inside view of what PTSD looks like in a real-life family. The comprehensive, easy-to-read educational sections provide a wide range of topics on PTSD, including the effects on both the veteran and their families. The self-help program provides tools and skills to promote wellness and healing for caregivers and offers resources for ongoing support beyond the book.