Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Sandwich Generation Guide To Eldercare

The Sandwich Generation Guide To Eldercare

By Phillip D. Rumrill, Jr

To be published by Demos Health on 18th October 2013

As medical care improves, people are tending to live longer; many of them will be in reduced health and will need care from others at some time or another. It is increasingly common for families to be simultaneously caring for their young children and aging parents and/or grandparents, hence the phrase "Sandwich Generation". We  ourselves are in this situation, currently providing care for my mother-in-law as well as still having two youngsters living at home and I really wish this book had been available a few years ago!

It covers the full spectrum of caring for older family members, whether their problems are due to mental health issues or physical health issues:

  • What are the practicalities of  providing day to day care for a loved one in her own home or in your home? 
  • When is the right time to call on the help of outside agencies or consider assisted living or a nursing home for your loved one?  
  • What should you do about helping a loved one to manage his finances or health issues? 
  • How can you protect your loved one's well-being without compromising her independence? 
  • How can you explain a loved grandparent's illness to children and maintain a good, loving relationship between grandparent and grandchild?
  • What are the warning signs of Carer burnout and stress?
  • What should you consider and look out for when choosing a nursing home/care facility?
  • How should you manage finances and legal matters on behalf of a parent?
  • What do you need to know to be an effective advocate for your loved one with the medical profession?
  • When, where and how to find help.
Although written for the American market, this book is extremely valuable for carers in other countries too.
I know that when I was caring for my mother, I did not seek help early enough and seriously compromised my own health by doing far too much for far too long; having read this book, my husband and I will be much more careful when providing care for my mother-in-law so that we can do what is best for her and remain healthy ourselves.  

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