Advocating for and connecting those new to their pain journey and all the veterans of pain who have been on their journey for sometime. Testing new products and existing products for the caregiver and their loved ones. Offering a safe place to tell your story with no judgement, because I’m deal with chronic pain daily.
There are many books on the market that talk about caregiving and the issues that go along with it. The problem is that there are not many that are written by caregivers themselves for a caregiver and that explain realistically what it like to care for a loved one through the good times and the bad. In just these five books the authors have a combined 50 years plus, caregiving experience. It is that experience that puts these amazing books on my, “Great Reads” list.
The three, “A Journal of Care” series of books are pretty much the same except the covers are the most notable change, then some of the quotes and tips are changed and the journals are designed for different periods of time. Available is a one month, three months and a six-month version. They were designed to allow you to have your or your loved ones important medical information such as emergency contacts, various doctors information, insurance, medications, surgeries, allergies and more to start the journal. Then the main portion is daily forms that provide spaces for vitals, medication times, appointments, tests performed, results as well as misc. information, expenses for reimbursement, and more. Finally, they are designed to fit into a purse, backpack or other so when you’re pushing a wheelchair or carrying an infant your not having to worry about your notes. Take a bit of stress off and use a Journal of Care to keep your medical information organized. (Link goes to 3-month journal on LuLu.com) iCareConsulting.org.
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Caregiving is hard enough and now we throw in traveling with someone needing assistance. 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!
Five caregivers got together and decided to share their collective wisdom with other caregivers. We all started knowing just about nothing about caregiving but we learned “on the job” and by talking, laughing, crying and sharing with each other. 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.
Forever a Caregiver offers a message of hope through appreciation of the family we are given, accepting our family role and finding fulfillment along the way. From a teenager caring for her mom during a debilitating depression to later nurturing her through terminal cancer, Trish Hughes Kreis is Forever a Caregiver and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Forever a Caregiver, Paperback, $16.95. Connect with us at: www,RobertsSister.com
Christopher MacLellan is affectionately known as “The Bow Tie Guy” in many caregiving circles. Faced with his partner’s diagnosis of esophageal cancer in 2011, Chris started a Caregiving blog entitled The Purple Jacket and is an ardent advocate for Caregivers and their loved one. Chris and his deceased partner Bernard Richard Schiffer’s caregiving story, “In Sickness and in Health: A Couple’s Final Journey” written by Diane C. Lade, Photography by Carline Jean, published by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in April of 2015, the story was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and has won countless awards both nationally and internationally. Chris is currently in a Masters Program in Leadership and Communication at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.
What’s The Deal With…Caregiving, Paperback, $7.95: