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The Caregiver's Toolbox: Checklists, Forms, Resources, Mobile Apps, and Straight Talk to Help You Provide Compassionate Care Paperback – by Carolyn P. Hartley and Peter Wong | Aug 3, 2015

Millions of Americans are or will be amateur caregivers for ill spouses, parents, or friends. Caregivers today, more than ever, use technology to help manage schedules, medication routines and pharmacy reminders, legal and financial affairs, as well as travel and expenses. Yet recent insurance options and health care’s emerging digital world make for an overwhelming, complex process. If you are one of the 64 million current caregivers, could you access your parents’ critical documents in an emergency, using their user IDs and passwords? Do you know how often your parents or parents-in-law are taking medications, how often your loved one goes to the doctor, and how to be involved in medical and life decisions? Statistics show 85 percent of caregivers are not trained in caregiving, so many people are likely winging it, picking up pieces of information here and advice there.

The Caregiver’s Toolbox is your guide to cool apps and online tools, insider tips on how to reduce your medical bills, your privacy rights as a caregiver, where to go for free and low-cost help, and much more. It clearly shows which tools will relieve your stress, and those that may add stress. The authors dedicate much of their professional lives to helping people navigate the health care matrix. For updates on tools, applications, and emerging technology, visit the authors’ website,

How to Care for Aging Parents, 3rd Edition: A One-Stop Resource for All Your Medical, Financial, Housing, and Emotional Issues Paperback – February 11, 2014 by Virginia Morris (Author),

The book that answers all the questions you hoped you’d never have to ask.

Hailed as “an excellent resource” by the Family Caregiver Alliance, How to Care for Aging Parents is an indispensable source of information and support.

Now completely revised and updated, this compassionate, comprehensive caregiver’s bible tackles all the touch subjects, from how to avoid becoming your parent’s “parent,” to understanding what happens to the body in old age, to getting help finding, and paying for, a nursing home.

When love is not enough—and regrettably, it never is—this is the essential guide.

Help for every difficult issue:

  • Knowing when to intervene
  • Coping with dementia
  • Caring for the caregiver
  • The question of driving
  • Paying for long-term care
  • Sharing the care with siblings
  • Caregiving from a distance
  • Home care vs. a nursing home
  • The hospice option

Coping With Caregiving: A Beginner's Guide to Becoming a Caregiver for Your Loved Ones Without Suffering from Caregiver Burnout

This guide is for caregivers, about caregivers, by caregivers.++

Some are born caregivers, while others suddenly have caregiving thrust upon them. One slip off a ladder, moment of distraction in the car, or trip to the doctor for what seems to be a routine checkup, can change the life of your loved one and you forever.

Caregivers are the unsung heroes of our society, looking after loved ones around the clock, often with little help, few financial resources, and only rare recognition of their efforts compared to people who work outside of the home.

In many cases, people are forced to try to balance caregiving with their career as well. With people living longer than ever before it is also likely that the average adult is “sandwiched” between caring for their children and caring for their parents. Suddenly having to look after a sick spouse can easily be the last straw and lead to stress and burnout.

Even worse, many caregivers have health issues themselves, especially as they age. Many struggle with feeling “selfish” and neglecting their own needs to take care of others, a dangerous thing to do.

Millions of people in the United States are serving in the role of primary caregiver for a loved one with physical, medical, age-related or emotional challenges. Fortunately, a little knowledge can go a long way towards preventing stress and burnout.

Things I Wish I'd Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out - Third Edition 3rd Edition by Deborah J. Cornwall (Author) Jan 15, 2016

Updated 2016; Family caregivers are the unsung heroes of the life-saving drama that’s triggered by a cancer diagnosis. Nearly three quarters of American households will find themselves caring for a cancer patient at one point in their lives. This book is the first to capture their thoughts, feelings, and insights on a large scale. It is based on 101 formal interviews with non-professional caregivers (some of whom are cancer survivors themselves), covering 122 patients in 19 states and Canada who ranged in age from 2 to 92 and faced 40 different cancer diagnoses. Practical lessons drawn from caregivers’ experiences are intermingled with their own words to forge a compelling narrative intended to help both patients and their family caregivers to understand and cope with the full range of issues they should anticipate as they fight the battle of their lives.

The lessons provide building blocks on which you can rely as you participate in decision-making and plan for the future. 

The Caregiver's Toolbox: Checklists, Forms, Resources, Mobile Apps, and Straight Talk to Help You Provide Compassionate Care Paperback – August 3, 2015

A compassionate and comprehensive resource for anyone who needs to take care of an elderly person at home, the Caregiver’s Handbook is an invaluable reference that offers constructive, illustrated guidance for first time and beginning caregivers, including information on essential first aid, advice on selecting professional help when needed, and dealing with a variety of common conditions.

Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence Paperback – May 24, 2011 by Gail Sheehy (Author)

No one really expects it, but at some time or another, just about everyone has been—or will be—responsible for giving care for a sustained period to someone close to them. Gail Sheehy, who has chronicled every major turning point for modern Americans, knows firsthand the trials, fears, and rare joys of caregiving. Now she takes you by the hand and shows you that you will get through this—and you will do the right things.

With empathy and intelligence, backed by formidable research, and interspersed with poignant stories of her experience and that of other successful caregivers, Passages in Caregiving examines the arc of caregiving from the very first signs of trouble—providing invaluable advice and guidance to help turn a stressful, life-altering situation into a journey that can be safely navigated and from which everyone can benefit.

The Ultimate Compassionate Caregiver Organizer

An important resource for those who are caring for an aging parent or partner and don’t know where to start to get organized. The Ultimate Compassionate Caregiver Organizer is designed to help you maintain control of your life amidst the tumult that comes with taking on the role of primary caregiver for an aging relative. If you constantly feel as if you’re responsible for more than you can possibly manage, it’s time to seek solutions that let you reclaim your life and focus on making decisions in the best interest of everyone in your life.