Home-Based Eldercare: Stories and Strategies for Caregivers (Marcia Washburn) Softcover
Marcia Washburn writes with transparency about the joys and challenges of caring for adult relatives in her home over the years. Home-Based Eldercare is a Caregiver’s Bootcamp of stories and strategies for those who wonder whether they will be able to care for their loved ones. Using practical illustrations, Marcia gives advice about legal issues, emotional and spiritual care, personal caregiving, and much more.
Paperback: 180 pages.
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1) The Christian Family Eldercare Personal Profile Aide
2) Ten Commandments for Caregivers by Marcia Washburn
3) The eBook version of Home-Based Eldercare in the .mobi format
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What shall we do about Mother? Most of us haven't thought much about caring for our parents--they have always been the ones who cared for us. But now Dad's
health is failing. Mom's memory is slipping. How can we best show honor for our aging parents? Home-Based Eldercare is a Christian Caregiver’s Bootcamp of
stories and strategies for those who wonder whether they will be able to care for their loved ones.
Marcia Washburn writes with transparency about the joys and challenges of caring for adult relatives in her home over the years. Dispelling the myth that institutional care is the best, or even the only option, she encourages adult children to consider the blessing of providing care for their aging parents, whether in the parents' home or in their own.
Using practical illustrations, Marcia gives advice about legal issues, emotional and spiritual care, personal caregiving, Alzheimer's care and much more. Using warm and sometimes humorous stories, she weaves in tips to make the caregiver's job easier. Especially valuable are the reminders to consider the whole person, not to simply address the physical and medical aspects of caregiving.
Caregivers will find much to encourage them in this book including an appendix of essays, poems, and Scripture verses just for them. An appendix of additional resources for caregivers enhances the value of the book. Included are suggestions for how friends, family members, and churches can support caregivers and those they serve. Caregivers are reminded that they, too, have a Caregiver who knows and addresses their needs.
Other appendices include instructions for preparing a family notebook of vital information, assembling an emergency bag, and online personal profile forms.
Marcia calls herself an "unlikely caregiver" who, like most caregivers, was suddenly thrust into the caregiving without any prior training. She writes from the perspective of a person who shares what she has learned on-the-job and from her personal research. Over the years she has cared for several adults in her home including a blind diabetic aunt, a mildly-retarded young man, her father-in-law, and her mother. She has cared for her mother-in-law, an Alzheimer's patient, since 2012.
"This book is a must read for anyone who is presently caring for a loved one or who may in the future. It is both professionally and endearingly written with a wealth of information. The material in the Appendices is especially valuable."~Mary Ann Lind, PhD., author, missionary, and caregiver