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Caregiving Tips A-Z
by Starr Calo-oy, Bob Calo-oy

THE OVERVIEW My husband, Bob, and I cared for the well-minded elderly, terminally ill and people with dementia, such as Alzheimer’s patients, in our own home from 1989 through August of 2006. We have written our books out of our own personal experiences while performing that care and comforting their families. “Caregiving Tips A-Z, Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias” takes the family caregiver through every hands-on procedure necessary to care for their loved one at home. This complete caregiving manual helps the family effectively communicate with all medical professionals to obtain maximum results for their loved one. It addresses every perplexing situation the family caregiver might find herself in and presents numerous ideas for which to solve them easily. If you have an elderly loved one who can no longer reside safely in his own home and you want to bring him home to live with you, this book will teach you how to provide quality care, regardless of your education level. You will find that you are not alone in dealing with seemingly overwhelming emotions and fear of the unknown such as guilt, fear, denial and anger. “Caregiving Tips A-Z, Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias” gives you clever tips (653 in all) and realistic suggestions (638) on managing challenging behavioral problems, grooming, food issues, how to get the keys away from your loved one peacefully and much more. This book will also help medical professionals, hospice and home health agencies by giving them a thorough and fresh resource to refer to their patients and families. “Baby boomers”, “the sandwich generation”- the media and American public labels this group in many ways, but the facts speaks for themselves concerning the increasing population of adult children of the elderly. Many of them are now electing to provide care in their own homes in lieu of a more institutional setting for their loved ones’ final days due to the growing cost of health care. If we take into consideration the fact that people are living longer (according to the Census Bureau, the average age at death in the year 2000 was 85), we can see that there are millions of Americans between the ages of 38 and 67 who out of necessity make decisions about arranging care for their elderly parents or grandparents. One of the main reasons that families do not care for their ailing loved ones at home is because they are under the misconception that they must have a doctor or nurses degree in order to give care to someone who is dying. They do not feel qualified. In writing “Caregiving Tips A-Z, Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias” we hope to give the everyday caregiver the confidence she lacks, dispel these myths and return to the days, not so long ago, when all people cared for their own elderly loved ones in their home.

365 Caregiving Tips: Hospitals, Care Facilities and Hospice
by Pegi Foulkrod, Gincy Heins, Trish Hughes Kreis, Kathy Lowrey, Richard Kreis

There are a variety of situations caregivers tackle and all five of the authors have dealt with our share. One of the reasons we became so close is because we were helping one another through all kinds of caregiving situations. Some of the most important tips we shared with one another involved hospital stays, care facilities and hospice. Many caregivers face these same situations so it was an easy decision to focus this book on practical tips to help caregivers during these difficult times. We understand caregivers have enough to do and are stressed out when their loved one is hospitalized, staying in a care facility or entering hospice. We are committed to helping you through these challenging times and hope these practical, easy to read tips will help. Know you have someone (well, actually, five someones) on your team. We are all in this together! Connect with us at www.365CaregivingTips.com

365 Caregiving Tips: Travel and Respite Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers
by Trish Hughes Kreis, Richard Kreis, Pegi Foulkrod, Kathy Lowrey, Gincy Heins

Caregiving is hard enough and now we want to throw in traveling together?! Or arranging for a respite? Don’t caregivers have enough to do?! Yes we do but traveling or taking a respite is something all five authors have done while caregiving. Oh, it is not easy (understatement alert!). We understand how scary and overwhelming it is – we felt that too. All of us. A lot. It is not easy to overcome those worries and fears but it is definitely worth it. We have been there and want to help you overcome any fear you have about traveling with your loved one or arranging for a caregiving break. We also know that it is truly difficult to leave and sometimes downright impossible. Because of that, we have included tips for your mental and physical well-being while staying at home. Whatever you choose to do, know there are others on this caregiving journey with you and we are here to help. We are in this together! Connect with us at www.365CaregivingTips.com

Caregiving Tips for Everyone
by M. G. Walker

The task of caring for an adult afflicted by age, illness, or both is not easy. Many caregivers find themselves intensely overwhelmed on occasion and must learn how to navigate this new role without losing touch with caring for themselves. In this new, comprehensive how-to manual, author M. G. Walker shares her wisdom on a wide range of important caregiving topics, ranging from physical care to emotional care of those in need. Even so, caring for the individual is often not all there is to worry about. This guide also includes information on other important aspects of caregiving, including managing finances, caring for yourself, handling stress, knowing when to let go when you cant do it all yourself, and dealing with loss after your charge has passed on. There are so many challenges affecting todays caregivers, and we often feel were on an island with no place to go for supportive advice. Let this be your guide as you find your way through this difficult task.

Exercise and Physical Activity
by National Institute on Aging

Get tips for starting a simple, safe exercise program at home in this tip sheet from the National Institute on Aging at NIH.


Forget About it But Remembering Caregiving Tips & Activities
by Jaclyn Gutleber

Quality Care Matters. Caregiving tips and activities for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

Caregiver survival tips
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365 Caregiving Tips: Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers
by Trish Hughes Kreis, Richard Kreis, Gincy Heins, Pegi Foulkrod, Kathy Lowrey

The authors have different caregiving experiences but share a common bond: a strong sense of advocacy and a desire to help others while having a little fun! We know that caregiving is tough – emotionally, physically, spiritually and intellectually. We also know it can be rewarding and full of love, surprises and adventure. Sometimes we laugh, cry or scream but always we advocate and always we support each other. We want to support you, too. 365 Caregiving Tips: Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers is the beginning of a series of books created with the intent of helping others through their caregiving journey. The tips are practical because as caregivers, we have to be practical. We have to make the most of our limited time, money and energy and these tips are designed with those limited resources in mind. Read one tip a day or enjoy them all at once. Our hope is that by sharing these tips your caregiving day will be easier and your load a little lighter.

Elderly Parent Caregiver Guide
by HowExpert, Rebecca Rehak

Elderly Parent Caregiver 101 is the ultimate guide for adult children who are or will become their parents’ caregivers. Filled with valuable information and ideas, this book offers hope, support, and plenty of practical advice for anyone caring for their elderly parents. Each chapter describes a different area of caregiving, including:

• Becoming a Caregiver

• Medical Providers

• Facility Care

• Caregiver Support

• Financial Concerns

• Medical Devices

• Special Circumstances

• End of Life

As the author guides you through the maze of caregiving, she shares her knowledge as a nurse and examples from her own journey of caregiving for her elderly parents. This book defines medical terms, explains insurance options, and highlights the many tools available to caregivers. Through these topics, you’ll gain the understanding needed to be a caregiver for your elderly parents. Each section offers helpful information and true insights only a caregiver can provide. The tips in every chapter are practical facts and advice for every area of your caregiving.

You are not alone in your caregiving journey. Don’t struggle without having the best resource for knowing everything you need to know about caring for your elderly parents. This guide is your trusted companion for that journey.

About the Expert

Rebecca Rehak, LPN, is a nurse, writer, and public speaker who has worked in the medical field for over 20 years, including kidney dialysis, community health, and Memory Care. As a public speaker, she helped advance programs for dialysis access care and currently teaches science camps for children. Her work has touched the lives of thousands of people. After caring for both her elderly parents, she now devotes much of her time to writing articles, blogs, and providing support for other caregivers. She and her husband live with their big, furry dog in Wisconsin.

The author would like to thank the doctors and staff at Froedtert Hospital, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Horizon Home Care and Hospice for the wonderful care they provided to both her parents.

HowExpert publishes quick ‘how to’ guides on all topics from A to Z by everyday experts.


Compassionate Caregiving
by Lois D. Knutson

Spiritual and Practical Help From a Caregiver

Most caregivers today have no training for the role into which they are thrust. Having been the primary caregiver for her mother, Lois Knutson draws on not only her years of experience, but also her professional training to offer encouragement and assistance to caregivers. Because she knows the situations that weigh down caregivers, Knutson gently builds them up as they continue to care for their elderly loved ones. In addition to practical tips, readers will find ways to care for themselves.

Subjects addressed in Compassionate Caregiving include: how to balance work and caregiving; when and how to find home healthcare or care facilities; long-distance caregiving; how to provide for the dying; and much more.