Item description for The Complete Bedside Companion: A No-Nonsense Guide to Caring for the Seriously Ill by Rodger McFarlane & Philip Bashe...
Overview Drawing on the experiences of ordinary people, this guide to caring for the seriously ill offers valuable advice on managing symptoms, dealing with the medical system, battling insurance companies, maintaining cash flow, prearranging funerals, and much more. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
Publishers Description Nursing a parent, spouse, other relative, or friend through the painful progress of a terminal disease is not a road best traveled alone. "The Complete Bedside Companion" offers warmth, encouragement, and the medical, legal, financial, and emotional advice you need when caring for an ailing loved one. Drawing on the experiences of dozens of ordinary people who have cared for relatives and friends ill or dying from cancer, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, stroke, emphysema, diabetes, AIDS, and other serious conditions -- along with the practical wisdom of distinguished medical, legal, financial, and psychological experts -- this sound, compassionate guide provides field-tested advice on every aspect of caring for the sick including:
Doing battle with insurance companies
Managing symptoms such as nausea or pain
Exploring experimental and alternative therapies
Maintaining cash flow and coping with bills
Citations And Professional Reviews The Complete Bedside Companion: A No-Nonsense Guide to Caring for the Seriously Ill by Rodger McFarlane & Philip Bashe has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 599
Ingram Advance - 08/01/1999 page 43
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 455
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.06" Width: 6" Height: 1.4" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Aug 11, 1999
ISBN 0684843196 ISBN13 9780684843193
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More About Rodger McFarlane & Philip Bashe
Rodger McFarlane, one of America's most respected consumer advocates for the sick, currently directs collaborative research between the American Association of Health Plans and Lotus (IBM), evaluating experimental medical treatments on behalf of customers of the managed care industry. He is the former Executive Director of the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Rodger McFarlane currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Complete Bedside Companion: A No-Nonsense Guide to Caring for the Seriously Ill?
Completed my caregiving! Feb 20, 2006
My Sister and I both owned this book and read it to each other over the phone (we live in different towns) so that we could make sure we were both viewing our Mother's death in the same way. I was actually caring for her, but she was very involved with my endless decisions I had to make. That was very helpful in showing me I wasn't alone.
Now, unfortunately, I have to use it again because my dear Sister is dying. I have recommended this book to her 6 children who will be caring for her. This guide will help them as it did me, when they have a question in the middle of the night, or on the weekend when they can't reach the doctor. I know I would have made it without this book, but it sure made my life better!
The most informative and resourceful book I seen. Oct 12, 1999
As a professional in the medical field and as a lay person, I found this to be the most educational, practical and comforting book I have read on this subject. This book contains information, resources and references for every aspect of caring for the seriously ill. The layout is organized and finding topics is effortless. Everyone should have this book, preferably before they need it. This book touched my heart and my mind.
A handbook on caring for the seriously ill at home. Mar 26, 1999
This extremely comprehensive handbook "traces the sequence of events common to a life-threatening illness and examines the innumerable concerns and crises that arise along the way." Caring for the seriously ill has not been a concern for several years. High technology, new drugs, and caregiving organizations have taken this burden off of the loved ones of those whose life is being threatened. In the early part of the century, families knew what had to be done and took care of the sick in their homes. They made do with what they had, rearranged rooms and furniture, and tried to make life as comfortable as possible for those who were seriously sick. With the AIDS epidemic, taking care of the seriously ill at home has made a come back because no one wanted to deal with an individual who had such a misunderstood malady. A large majority of these individuals did not have the ways and means to be able to afford any other kind of care except what could be given by the loved ones around them. This remarkable book is for those people who are faced with taking care of someone they love. These individuals become advocates for the sick person. "the term advocate sounds more daunting than it really is. Simply, an advocate is the person who looks out for the patient's best interests and sees to it that his or her needs are met."
Part one, "Caring for the Sick," provides useful information that will be of initial importance to anyone faced with caring for someone seriously ill. The 11 chapters cover: "The Hospital and the Medical Team: Who's Who and What's What," "Dealing with the Doctors," "The Everyday Angel's Cram Course in Essential Nursing Skills, 101," "Matters of the Heart," "Mustering the Troops," "The Caregiver as Consumer Activist," "Care for the Caregivers," "Paying the Bills," "Preparing for the Worst," "Journey's End," and "Aftermath." The second part, "The Everyday's Angel's Cram Course in Adult Medicine," covers 9 illness that affect a large number of people: cancer, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular stroke or traumatic brain injury, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, diabetes, AIDS/HIV, liver disease, kidney disease, and progressive neurological disease. Each chapter describes the disease, provides symptoms, treatment regimens, complications, what can be done, and much more, ending with recommended readings.
The three appendices are useful resources: "Recommended Resources," "Miscellaneous Resources," and "For Referrals to Home Health Care, Hospice Care, Long-Term Care, Adult Day Care, Respite Care, and Rehabilitation Facilities." This is one of the best books available on caring for the seriously ill and should be available to anyone who has the responsibility of doing the caring. It is a highly recommended book for all public, academic, and medical libraries.