When caring for a senior loved one, it can be difficult to find time to do things for yourself. However, reading books can enhance your frame of mind and effectiveness as a caregiver. A 2009 study from the University of Sussex found that as little as six minutes of reading could reduce stress levels by up to 68 percent. Whether you are new to caregiving or you need words of comfort to get through the challenging days, these books from experts and other caregivers are sure to give you the information and inspiration you need.
1. The Caregiver’s Book: Caring for Another, Caring for Yourself – James E. Miller
Miller’s look at the role of the caregiver is meant to nourish the soul. He combines eight principles for compassionate and healthy caregiving with inspirational quotes, practical tips, and stunning nature photography.
Families who need help caring for a senior loved one can turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Summit, New Jersey, home care. Services available in our customizable care plans include meal prep, mental and social stimulation, assistance with personal hygiene tasks, and much more.
2. Lewy, Mom, and Me: A Caregiver’s Story – Peggy Bushy
Bushy’s mother was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia in her 70s. This combination of memoir and survival guide details Bushy’s experiences caring for her mother, from searching for a diagnosis for her mother’s unusual behavior to providing hospice care.
3. Bring Back the Fun: Activity Ideas for Caregivers and People with Dementia – Marcie M. Jones
It is easy to get so involved in the daily tasks of caregiving that you forget to allow time for lighthearted, happy moments with your loved one. Written from the point of view of someone with dementia, Jones has compiled a list of activities that home caregivers and their loved ones can share to bring fun and joy into their lives.
4. Caregiver’s Handbook – DK Publishing
Designed for first-time caregivers, Caregiver’s Handbook offers practical advice for caring for an elderly loved one regardless of his or her medical diagnosis. The guide covers everything from how to transition to your role as a caregiver and how to provide day-to-day care to managing common health concerns and medical emergencies.
Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family caregivers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. Summit families rely on our caregivers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation.
5. Somebody Stole My Iron: A Family Memoir of Dementia – Vicki Tapia
As Vicki Tapia cared for both of her parents who developed dementia, she had difficulty finding real information that would help her manage the frustrations of caregiving. She started chronicling her journey and the lessons she learned along the way to serve as a roadmap for others. This intimate family memoir also includes valuable information from noted Alzheimer’s experts.
6. The Caregiver’s Toolbox: Checklists, Forms, Resources, Mobile Apps, and Straight Talk to Help You Provide Compassionate Care – Carolyn P. Hartley and Peter Wong
Caregivers must be able to navigate a myriad of legal and financial matters as well as act as advocates for their loved ones. Hartley and Wong have compiled a one-stop resource of forms, checklists, apps, and other aids for caregivers. The Caregiver’s Toolbox offers practical tips for obtaining and managing health records, paying medical bills, using technology to assist seniors, and other matters related to caregiving.
Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving live-in care. Summit, New Jersey, Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. To learn about our premier senior care plans, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at 908.450.9400.