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Eldercare 911 The Caregiver's Complete Handbook for Making Decisions

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ISBN-10: 159102014X

ISBN-13: 9781591020141

Edition: 2002

Authors: Susan Beerman, Judith Rappaport-Musson

List price: $26.99
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The intricacies of elder care-giving duties and responsibilities can be overwhelming, especially because adult children of ageing parents do not know the ins and outs of the medical and social service systems, let alone how to cope with the emotional burdens of providing care for their ailing parents. They desperately wish for a single resource that answers their questions with "how to" information that restores their feelings of competence and control. "Eldercare 911" is that resource. With the steady growth of the elderly population, it is estimated that approximately one-third of Americans will be providing care for an elderly person in the near future. This well-researched,…    
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Book details

List price: $26.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 10/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 450
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386

Preface
You Are Not Alone
How to Use This Book
Write Us
The Pros and Cons of Being a Caregiver
Do You Want This Job?
Making the Eldercare Decision
If Eldercare Is Not for You
If You Decide to Care for Your Parent
Handling That First Crisis
The Effects on Your Family, Time, and Health
What If You Fail?
Knowing When Your Parents Need Help
What's Normal?
Loss of Loved Ones, Friends, and Advisors
Loss of Self
Loss of Independence and Control
Decline Is a Fact of Life
Why Parents Refuse Help
Difficult Parents
What Are the Warning Signs?
Memory Loss/Dementia
Diminished Hearing
Diminished Sight
Falls
Incontinence
Self-Neglect
Drug or Alcohol Abuse
Intervention: When? What? How?
Trusting Your Instincts
Planning Ahead
When Not to Intervene
Getting a Professional Assessment
Private Assessments
Public Assessments
Talking to Your Parents
Talking to Your Family
Choosing the Right Intervention
Preventive Intervention
Partial Intervention
Total Intervention
Crisis Intervention
Legal/Financial Intervention
Taking the Car Away
Providing Substitute Transportation
Caregiving Realities
Do You Have Realistic Expectations?
Understanding Your Responsibilities
Learning to Be an Advocate
Hands-on Care
Supervising Others
Financial Management
Recruiting Friends and Family
Using the Skills You Already Have
Where to Get the Training You Need
Long-Distance Caregiving
Why You Need a Long-Distance Support System
Creating Your Long-Distance Support Network
Geriatric Care Managers
Elder Law Attorneys
Other Attorneys
Physicians
Friends and Neighbors
Preparing for Your Visit
During Your Visit
After Your Visit
Finding and Using Help and Services
What's the Right Support System for You?
Identifying Your Needs
Adult Day-Care Programs
Social-Model Day-Care Programs
Medical-Model Day-Care Programs
Medical Support
Family Support
Community Support
Parent Support
Significant Other Support
Respite
Handling Burnout
How Do You Know If You're Burned Out?
Getting Help
Reaping the Benefits of Respite
Managing Your Time
Restoring Your Quality of Life
Taking Care of Yourself
Setting Limits
Managing Medical Issues
Learning to Be an Advocate in the Doctor's Office
Choosing a Doctor
Board-Certified Physicians
Geriatricians
Specialists
Preparing for the Visit
Gathering Medical and Insurance Information
Bringing Medications and Prescriptions
Asking the Right Questions and Getting the Answers
After the Visit
Complying with Physicians' Orders
Getting a Second Opinion
Returning for New Treatment Options
Understanding Patients' Rights and Responsibilities
Overseeing Medications
Administering Medications
Keeping Track of Medications
Developing a Relationship with the Pharmacist
Pain Management
Misuse of Medications
Abuse and Dependency
Over-the-Counter and Alternative Medications
Managing Benefits and Insurance
Why It's Worth the Effort
What to Do When a Claim Is Denied
Medicare
How It Works: Parts A, B, and C
Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)
Point of Service (POS)
Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)
Medigap (Private Insurance)
Medicaid
How It Works
Applying for Benefits
Social Security
Special Situations
Survivor Benefits
Veteran's Administration
How It Works
Who Is Eligible
Dealing With Serious Illness
Insisting on an Accurate Diagnosis
Managing Major Illness
The Importance of a Second Opinion
Researching Treatment Options
Coping with Specific Conditions
Depression and Anxiety
Dementia
Agitated, Hostile, and Aggressive Behavior
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, in the Elderly
Coping with Alzheimer's Disease
Facts about the Disease
Testing and Diagnosis
Treatment Options
The Effects on Your Family
What to Expect as the Disease Progresses
Organizing to Handle Mild Memory Impairment
Primary Communication Tips and Coping Skills
Remember Your Body, Mind, and Spirit
Planning for the Future
When Hospitalization is Necessary
Facing Your Fears
Choosing the Right Hospital
Being Prepared
Emergency Admissions
Preplanned Admissions
What to Bring with Your Parent, What to Leave at Home
During Your Parent's Hospitalization
Planning for Discharge
Leaving the Hospital
Detecting and Dealing with Elder Abuse
The Realities of Elder Abuse
Finding Help in Your Community
Protective Services for Adults
Guardians
Physical Abuse
Familial Abuse
Financial Abuse
Homecare Abuse
Social Abuse of Drugs and Alcohol
Rebuilding Trust
Ageism
How to Hire a Homecare Worker
What Are Your Options
Family Caregivers
Paid Homecare Workers
Geriatric Care Managers
Evaluating Your Parent's Needs
Duties and Skill Levels
Expectations: Reality Check
Interviewing the Homecare Worker
Legal and Professional Certifications
Training and Experience
Supervising Homecare Workers
Your Responsibilities
Your Right to Complain and Replace the Worker
Making Decisions About Housing: When? What? How?
Evaluating the Need for Change
Safety and Quality-of-Life Issues
Guilt Issues
Adapting Your Parent's Home for Safety and Security
Assistive Devices and Helpful Equipment
Moving Your Parent into Your Home
Space and Territory
Adapting Your Home
Adult Homes
Assisted Living Facilities
Nursing Homes
Moving Your Parent
Who Does What?
Paring Down Your Parent's Belongings
Advocating after the Move
Visiting Your Parent
Evaluating the Move to a Nursing Home
Making a Difficult Decision
Choosing the Right Nursing Home
Location
Religious Preferences
Dietary Requirements
Specialized Care
Cleanliness
Activities for Residents
Who's Who in the Complaint Process
Medication/Pain Management
Patient Advocate and the Bill of Rights
Moving to a Nursing Home
Making the Room Comfortable
Clothing
Valuables and Personal Items
Dating, Sex, and Remarriage
Your Parent's New Relationship
Remarriage
Financial/Legal Issues
Dating, Love, and Intimacy
Sexuality and Sex
Safe Sex
Death and Dying
Facing Your Feelings and Fears
What Are Your Parent's Feelings and Fears?
Honoring Your Parent's Wishes
Funeral Arrangements
Grief and Mourning
Saying Good-bye
A New Beginning
Caregiver Organizations and Resources
Notes
Glossary
Index