Item description for Is Your Parent in Good Hands?: Protecting Your Aging Parent from Financial Abuse and Neglect (Capital Cares) by Edward J. Carnot...
Today an estimated 30 million Americans are struggling with the healthcare issues of elderly parents - many of them from far away. How can we be sure our parents are being well cared for, how can we protect them from abuse? In Is Your Parent in Good Hands? attorney Edward Carnot offers sound practical advice on these troubling issues - based on his personal and professional experience.. He tells the compelling story of his own battle against the unscrupulous caregiver of his elderly father, the inability of the legal system to protect him, and the resulting chaos that turned his family inside out and ultimately threatened the dignity and independence his father so tenaciously clung to. Though his story has a sad ending, Carnot discovered much that can help others in their quest to protect their aging loved ones. Now he offers expert advice for both recognizing financial exploitation and abuse and the many ways abuse can be prevented. Each chapter includes easy-to-understand vital information on topics ranging from the need for legal documents, such as power of attorney for healthcare and living wills; guardianships, working with officials, police, and the district attorney; to health insurance issues, like the difference between Medicare, Medigap, and long-term care insurance, choosing a residential care facility, including how to determine whether to hire a nurse or private caregiver and when to use an agency; recognizing depression and loneliness; the differences among mental health professionals; senior centers; estate planning issues like reverse mortgages; to planning for long-term care as a family - everything you need to care for and protect your elderly parents - from nearby or faraway. The book will help everyone who has an aging parent or close relative because the story is compelling, the reader can easily identify with the characters, and the self-help guidelines are comprehensive, practical and immediately usable.
UPCOMING AUTHOR APPEARANCES: November 13, 2003 - Jewish Community Center Book Fair, Tucson AZ November 16, 2003 - Valley of the Sun Jewish Book Fair, Scottsdale, AZ January 13, 2004 - Hadassah Woman's Club in San Deigo March 5, 2004 - La Jolla Newcomers March 24, 2004 - California Chapter of the American Psychological Assn.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 6.7" Height: 0.85" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Nov 13, 2003
Publisher Capital Books
ISBN 1931868379 ISBN13 9781931868372
Reviews - What do customers think about Is Your Parent in Good Hands?: Protecting Your Aging Parent from Financial Abuse and Neglect (Capital Cares)?
A true gem: An informative and cautionary tale Aug 11, 2006
Sure, this is a "how to" book on how to protect your aging parents' best interests. You will find that this book contains plenty of information about parasitic forces, and how to combat them. And sure, this is a book about one man's struggle against his father's corrupt home health care provider. But this book is much more than these two things. It is a powerful and true cautionary tale, and good literature in its own right. The strong-willed and loving author was determined to look out for his aging parent's best interests. Throughout the story, he bravely struggles with the indifference, incompetence, dishonesty and greed that infect in the legal, financial, medical and caretaking worlds. Our hero wants you to be armed in ways that help you avoid his nightmare. My kind of book.... If you are a savvy, tough-minded person, then use this remarkable book to keep your sanity and prepare for the battles ahead. You are right to be so determined about things, even if those you care about don't get it. If you are one of those people who blindly assumes that hired financial advisors, caretakers, doctors, nurses, mental health professionals and others will be caring, trustworthy and thorough in all instances, then you need a book like this one. If somebody gave you this book to combat your Pollyanna and naivete, then quit complaining. Shut up and read.
I bought this book several years ago after the author participated in the San Diego Psychological Association's bi-annual conference. I returned to it more recently after reading Marina Lewycka's excellent novel, "A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian." Lewicka is an expert on caretaking (see her other titles), and her novel is her somewhat fictionalized story of caretaking and her father. The two stories go well together. An interview with Carnot can be heard on Bill Thompson's EyeOnBooks website.
I couldn't put it down! Dec 8, 2003
Edward J. Carnot's book, Is your parent in good hands? is riveting. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down which is something that is more usual for suspense novels than for works of non-fiction. Using the story of what happened to his father as a framework, Mr. Carnot mixes suspense with solid information that will be helpful to anyone responsible for elderly relatives, whether they live nearby or across the country.
Would-be writer's are advised to write about what they know. Mr. Carnot's experiences with his father provide the book with its emotional realism about what is involved in dealing with an aging parent, while his background as a lawyer ensures that the advice he gives is legally sound and practical. His writing skill is a bonus.
I strongly recommend this book.
A godsend for baby boomers Nov 29, 2003
I am only one of millions of baby boomers who are in the midst of having to face difficult healthcare decisions for aging parents. This book has absolutely defused the anxiety I've been living with for the past couple of years. I've shared the book with my brother and sisters, and we now feel much better prepared to work hand-in-hand with Mom and Dad to address the various issues they are experiencing. I'm so grateful for Is Your Parent in Good Hands? This book is mandatory for all those who need guidance and practical tools for taking care of aging parents. Thank you, Edward Carnot, for the peace of mind you have given me.