Synopses & Reviews
"Am I doing the right thing?" "I work full-time -- how can I be in two places at once?" "Who's going to pay for Mom's home care?" "How do I bring up sensitive subjects like their money, moving, and not driving?" "Do we need long-term-care insurance?" "Wait! Do I really want Dad to move in?" "Where do my parents keep their legal documents?" "Do they have a will?" Caring for elderly loved ones can be a full-time job--on top of regular work and family responsibilities. How can you cope?
The answer is Joy Loverde's The Complete Eldercare Planner, now fully revised and updated with the latest information to help you plan ahead and manage real-life eldercare crises. Everything you need is on these pages, with essential checklists, practical communication tips, free and low-cost resources, web-sites, step-by-step action plans, questions to ask the professionals, record-keeping forms, and The Documents Locator,™ which helps you to always have access to critical paperwork. Here's a sample of what you'll find inside:
EFFECTIVE PLANNING: Where to start -- Getting caught off-guard
COMMUNICARING: Opening up the dialogue -- Turning conflict into cooperation -- Getting everyone in the family to pitch in
CAREGIVERS: How to tell when your elder needs help -- Sharing the care -- Avoiding burnout
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: Managing medications -- Coping with hospitalization
MONEY MATTERS: The cost of long-term care -- Ready cash
LEGAL MATTERS: Estate planning -- Elder advocacy
INSURANCE: Getting the coverage you need -- Beyond Medicare
HOUSING: Home suite home -- When Mom or Dad moves in
SAFE AND SECURE: Minimizing distress over distance -- Accident-proofing the home
TRANSPORTATION: When it is no longer safe to drive -- Alternative transportation
HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Taking charge of health -- Communicating with the doctor
DEATH AND DYING: End-of-life issues -- Saying good-bye
QUALITY OF LIFE: Aging with disability -- Family power
THE DOCUMENTS LOCATOR™
Eighty percent of today's older Americans are receiving care from family members. Sooner or later, all of us may face an eldercare crisis: Your father has a heart attack; do you know his medical history? Your mother can't cook for herself anymore; do you know who to call? Can you make the best housing, legal, and insurance arrangements for your elderly family members? No one can foresee all of the problems that may arise, but we can prepare for them and know what to do if crisis should strike.
This is precisely what Joy Loverde has dedicated herself to teaching. Loverde's crucial insights have been featured in national newspapers such as USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. The Complete Eldercare Planner equips families with the vital information they need and provides fill-in space to keep critical medical, legal, financial, and personal records always readily available. The Planner includes vital information on
-- How to tell when an elder needs help
-- How to broach difficult topics with an elder
-- Where to find low-cost or free information and services
Written with the busy caregiver in mind, the Planner includes a summary page at the beginning of each chapter and action checklists throughout, to keep track of progress.
As upsetting as it may be to think about eldercare, the emotional and financial consequences of not doing so can be devastating. The Complete Eldercare Planner will ease the trauma and difficulty of eldercare, and provide security and peace of mind for elders and caregivers alike.
The only guide youll ever need to manage the care of your aging family
FULLY REVISED AND UPDATED
As our population shifts and ages, the care needs for our elders continue to change and evolve. Todays generation of family and professional caregivers faces new decisions and challenges, as well as previously unavailable options. This thoroughly revised and updated 2009 edition of The Complete Eldercare Planner equips you with reliable, up-to-the-minute information to help you plan and manage caring for your loved ones.
Comprehensive and detailed, sensitive and realistic, practical and accessible, the 2009 edition provides even more tips on prioritizing and organizing caregiving tasks, balancing work and family responsibilities, and navigating the complex maze of eldercare services. In addition to an expanded index of Internet resources and access to downloadable forms of key documents, youll find indispensable checklists, worksheets, step-by-step action plans, lists of questions to ask, low-cost and free alternative resources, and The Document Locator™. This new edition covers:
•Getting started on creating a long-term care plan
•Finding help, especially if you live far away
•Managing the financial aspects
•Talking to elders about sensitive subjects
•Senior housing-move or stay put?
•And many other topics of vital interest to anyone caring for an elder
About the Author
Joy Loverde works with family members and organizations that want to lessen the financial and emotional burdens of caring for elderly loved ones. She also serves as a consultant to attorneys, financial planners, clergy, professionals, administrators, and other members of the fast-growing eldercare advisory industry. Her work has been featured on the Today show and in USA Today. She is on the faculty of Eden Across America and is the international eldercare spokesperson for the Employee Services Management Association. She lives in Chicago.