Item description for A Caregiver's Survival Guide: How to Stay Healthy When Your Loved One Is Sick by Kay Marshall Strom...
Overview When you are responsible for another person's physical needs, your own needs can take a back seat. After caring for her spouce for the ten years he suffered from a rare, debilitating disease, Kay Marshall Strom is able to bring a voice of experience and compassion to this important topic.
Publishers Description When you are responsible for another person's physical needs, your own needs are often neglected. After caring for her spouse, who for ten years suffered from a rare, debilitating disease, Kay Marshall Strom is able to bring a voice of experience and compassion to this important topic. She shows you how to * find spiritual support * maintain balanced relationships * decide when caregiving at home is no longer possible * work out your financial situation * understand the impact of long-term caregiving on the whole family * deal with your personal losses Whether you are caring for an elderly parent, a spouse, an adult child or another family member or close friend, Strom's stories drawn from her own and others' experiences will encourage and comfort you. And her practical ideas for how to meet your own needs for energy, patience, strength, wisdom, peace and creativity will carry you through many difficult days.
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Studio: IVP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.21" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2012
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830822305 ISBN13 9780830822300
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More About Kay Marshall Strom
KAY MARSHALL STROM is a partner in Kline, Strom International, Inc., and speaks at seminars, retreats, and special events throughout the country and the world. Kay is the author of 34 published books including Once Blind: The Life of John Newton, Harvest of Hope: Stories of Life-Changing Gifts, and Daughters of Hope: Stories of Witness and Courage in the Face of Persecution. A number of volumes and compilations contain her writing, including the newly released NIV Womens Devotional Bible 3. She and Don reside in Eugene, Oregon.
Kay Marshall Strom currently resides in Santa Barbara, in the state of California. Kay Marshall Strom was born in 1943.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Caregiver's Survival Guide: How to Stay Healthy When Your Loved One Is Sick?
Great content! (and a plea to the publisher) Jan 18, 2008
This book has really great encouragement as well as solid, practical help for the caregiver. I appreciate that the author addresses the kind of "under the surface" questions and fears that caregivers struggle with, and that she does more than name them; she gives answers for dealing with them. I hope that the publisher, however, will take note of this: Most all of the audience for this book is over 40; a majority over 50. Why, then, is the type so small and blurry?! In some places, it looks like it was printed by an inkjet that's a little out of alignment. PLEASE -- reprint this book with larger, clearer type!
Useful Reference Book Nov 10, 2006
Useful information on how to be physically and mentally healthy when facing one of the toughest obstacles of your life. A good reference book. Practical information.
A Practical Guide for Any Caregiver Aug 1, 2006
When a family health crisis hits, the focus shifts to that particular person. Daily trips to the hospital or detailed medical care becomes the priority. Kay Marshall Strom has written A CAREGIVER'S SURVIVAL GUIDE, HOW TO STAY HEALTH WHEN YOUR LOVED ONE IS SICK (InterVarsity Press).
Kay knows first hand the struggles of such a situation. Over a period of ten years, her husband, Larry, went from a business manager at a major corporation to severe dementia and the progressive loss of the use of his arms and legs. For the last four years of his life, he was in a nursing home because he was too dangerous for Kay to care for at home.
In a crisis, the caregiver is rarely addressed and this book meets a special need. As Kay says, "Struggling blindly wears out the human spirit. Knowing what to expect, and when and where to go for help, makes the journey bearable. Accepting God as the first and primary "resource" brings blessing out of disaster."
This book helps caregivers cope with the emotional roller coaster, fitting into their new role, discovering the balance between personal care and care for the loved one, handling life with limited resources and letting go. The appendices for the book include a nursing home checklist and additional resources. As Joni Eareckson Tada writes in the foreword for the book, "Kay has experienced a lifetime of lessons and has catalogued invaluable insights to pass along to other caregivers."
The book is a careful mixture of personal-been-there experience, practical checklist type advice as well as a dependence on God to meet our needs.
The best written account and advice on caregiving I've seen. Jul 25, 2006
I am full-time caregiver to my mother who suffers from multiple system atrophy. She had rapidly declined just in the past year, but no one knows how long she will hang on. When I first left my job to take care of her, I bought Ms. Strom's book but, after skimming through it, thought it would be the same old, same old. Eight months later, I picked it up again and couldn't put it down. It validated everything I'd been feeling (guilt, fear...) but, more importantly, it helped me understand better what my mom is going through. Ms. Strom's life with her husband as he grew sicker is heart wrenching and terrifying. But she proved that it can be done, done well, and with great love. And yes, it brought me to tears.
A compassionate journey of sharing Jan 4, 2002
Almost 20 years ago, I lost my first wife to colon cancer. I wish I'd known then what I've learned from Kay Marshall Strom's excellent "Caregiver's Survival" book. Like many people suddenly caught up in the role of caregiver, I was unprepared mentally, physically, and emotionally for the role. I did my best then, but it was far short of what I could have done for her, for the children, and for myself--had I only known. My hope now is that this book will find its way to where it's needed: to those facing the prospect of providing the primary care for a loved one in failing health, so that this extremely painful journey can be made more tolerable by Ms. Strom's tender, Christian insights and advice. She connects to the reader by laying bare her own doubts and hardships in more than 7 years of caring for her terminally ill husband. Her book is filled with the dignity, respect, and hope that, through God's inspiration, can be developed in even the most hopeless of cases.