The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers: Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent
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BeschreibungCaring for a parent whose health is in decline turns the world upside down. The emotional fallout can be devastating, but it doesn't have to be that way. Empathic guidance from an expert who's been there can help. Through an account of two sisters and their ailing mother--interwoven with no-nonsense advice--The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers helps family members navigate tough decisions and make the most of their time together as they care for an aging parent. The author urges readers to be honest about the level of commitment they're able to make and emphasizes the need for clear communication within the family. While acknowledging their guilt, stress, and fatigue, he helps caregivers reaffirm emotional connections worn thin by the routine of daily care. This compassionate book will help families everywhere avoid burnout and preserve bonds during one of life's most difficult passages.
InhaltsverzeichnisPrologue. First Days. Defining Commitments. Utilizing Support. Handling Sacrifice. Weighing Hope and Acceptance, Fantasy and Reality. Fostering Awareness and Flexibility. Protecting Intimacy. Sustaining the Spirit. Last Days. Epilogue: Caregiving's Aftermath. Resources.
PortraitBarry J. Jacobs, PsyD, works with couples and families coping with serious health problems. He has faculty appointments at Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Widener University, and is the Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, Pennsylvania.
Pressestimmen"I've known Barry Jacobs for many years, but not until I read the prologue to this book did I realize that as a child he had been part of a caregiving family. I should have known, though - only someone who has 'walked in the shoes' could have written such a compassionate and simultaneously helpful book. It reads like a novel but also provides really good, straightforward, worthwhile advice. This is a 'must read' for every family caregiver." - Suzanne Mintz, President and Cofounder, National Family Caregivers Association, USA "This is a beautifully written, invaluable, practical guide for families facing serious illness or disability. This unique and truly masterful book combines the wisdom of Dr. Jacobs's extensive professional expertise with his moving personal story of parental illness and loss. Following one family's journey with illness, the book addresses all the tough issues while providing a powerful model for resilience and the personal rewards that can come with caregiving. This superb book is a 'must' for family caregivers and healthcare professionals. I will strongly recommend it to my patients and their families." - John S. Rolland, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago, USA "Dr. Jacobs is a master storyteller who brings the realities of caring for an aging parent out of the shadows and into the light. If you find yourself in a caregiving role and want to protect and even enhance your family relationships, while also taking care of yourself, this book is a 'must read.' From sex to spirituality, Dr Jacobs addresses our most pressing questions about the inevitable stresses and strains of caregiving." - Susan H. McDaniel, Wynne Center for Family Research and Department of Family Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, USA
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: GUILFORD PUBN
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2006
Seitenanzahl: 261 Seiten