Posted on Aug 21, 2015
Best Books for Caregivers and Senior Care at Home
Those who spend their days caring for another person, whether they are family or not, are a very special kind of people. They sacrifice their time and energy to make sure another person is properly cared for on a daily basis. Being a caregiver can be exhausting and fulfilling, all at once. Caregivers need to remember to take time to recharge and regroup. It’s important to maintain balance between providing care for others and taking a break for personal relaxation.
There are many books out there that offer up tips and advice for those who wish to start providing care for a loved one. Even those who care for family members need some help with how to manage time and remember to ask for help. According to studies, reading can greatly reduce stress, and a book filled with suggestions for further reduction in stress can be especially helpful for a hardworking caregiver.
For some up-lifting stories about caregiving, a good read with at least 100 stories, look up “Chicken Soup for the Soul; Family Caregivers”, edited by Joan Lunden and Amy Newmark. These stories are sure to warm the heart and bring some comfort to a family caregiver who might feel a bit of burnout. It is often reported caregivers will feel worn out and exhausted from the daily hard work involved with caring for family member. Reading stories of success and the joys of caring for an elderly loved one is sure to reinvigorate.
Another helpful book listed on popular shopping sites is “Helping Yourself Help Others: A Book for Caregivers” by Rosalyn Carter. This book is helpful in offering practical solutions to avoid burnout, isolation and anger that are typical problems among caregivers. Her personal experience with caring for her aging father and grandfather will be insightful and helpful for those who are considering offering caregiving assistance to a family member.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers a free online PDF listing filled with suggested reading for becoming a caregiver. The selection of books includes advice for grooming, continence care, nutrition and other aspects of caregiving that might not otherwise come naturally. Some of the other books offer suggestions on how to encourage the use of existing abilities and how to plan for the future.
Not only are there excellent books out there to help new caregivers, a quick online search can provide much needed tools for preparation as well. A simple web search can pull up many resources that will make coping and learning to assist an elderly loved one feasible and a little less daunting.
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