The Eldercare Consultant

Your Guide to Making the Best Choices Possible

The Eldercare Consultant

Author: Becky Feola
Pub Date: July 2015
Print Edition: $18.95
Print ISBN: 9780814436318
Page Count: 256
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814436325

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

What Special Features Are Included in This Book 7

1 Providing Eldercare for a Loved One 9

It's Not Just About You 10

Your Biggest Concerns Regarding Eldercare 17

Managing Life Transitions 28

Recognizing Your Role as a Family Caregiver 33

Caregiver Survival Tip 36

2 The Caregiver's Challenges 39

Changing Family Dynamics 40

Understanding the Legalities of Caregiving 44

Managing Your Loved One's Needs 46

Juggling Your Own Needs with Caregiving 56

Understanding Caregiver Burnout 58

Caregiver Survival Tip 59

3 Easing Caregiver Concerns with Proactive Behavior 61

Recognizing the Early Warning Signs 62

Identifying Stages of Dementia 66

Seeing Your Loved One in Today's Reality 69

Twelve Signs It's Time for Assistance 71

Consulting with Health Care Professionals 74

Complicated Issues for Family Caregivers 77

Caregiver Survival Tip 83

4 Nurturing Your Loved One's Mind, Body, and Spirit 85

The Mind: Understanding Changes in Your Loved One's Brain 86

The Body: Understanding What's Happening Physically ?to Your Loved One 92

The Spirit: Keeping Your Loved One's Inner Light Shining 100

Caregiver Survival Tip 103

5 Considering Options for Care Needs 107

The First Option: Family Caregivers 108

The Role of a Health Care Advocate 110

Choosing Between Professional Home Health Care ?Agencies and Private Caregivers 112

Palliative Care Services 120

Hospice Services 121

Care Communities 124

Caregiver Survival Tip 145

6 Paying for Your Loved One's Care 147

Understanding Average Costs of Care 148

Determining Needs and Budgeting for Costs of Care 150

Identifying Ways to Pay for Care 152

Caregiver Survival Tip 165

7 Having the Difficult Discussions 167

Bringing the Family Together 168

Developing a Strategy for Your Discussion 170

Doing Your Homework First 177

Having the Discussion 182

Caregiver Survival Tip 188

8 Making the Right Decision 191

Approaching Your Decision 192

Knowing When to Compromise 194

Deciding Who Makes the Final Decision 199

Caregiver Survival Tip 200

9 Special Considerations for Care 203

The Special Care Needs of a Younger Person 204

Traumatic Brain Injury 206

Alzheimer's Disease and Other Related Dementias 210

Parkinson's Disease and Similar Conditions 211

Feeding Tubes, Tracheotomy Tubes, and Other Medical Devices 213

Dialysis 215

Bed-­Bound Patients 217

Behavioral Issues 218

Caregiver Survival Tip 220

10 Final Words of Advice After Any Change 223

The Transition Period 224

Common Mistakes Made During the Transition 225

Suggestions for a Successful Transition 229

No Guilt: You Did the Best You Could 230

Caregiver Survival Tip 232

Resources 235

Index 237

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