Item description for A Family Caregiver Speaks Up: It Doesn't Have to Be This Hard (Capital Cares) (Capital Cares) (Capital Cares) by Suzanne Geffen Mintz...
Full of advice for family caregivers, this one of a kind book written by a family caregiver provides lessons from family caregivers across the country, tips for interacting with the healthcare system to better meet the needs of families dealing with chronic illness, and a cogent presentation of how public policy has a profound effect on even the most intimate details of life in caregiving families. Suzanne Mintz has deftly woven together self-help ideas and emotional guidance for individual family caregivers with an inspirational call to arms for health policy change. Through her own powerful personal story, she tackles the range of emotions and the challenges facing every caregiver. And most important, she offers advice on how to ask for help. In addition she has taken the discussion of family caregiving issues to the next level and clearly explains why they demand the attention of our elected officials. Whether you are a current or future family caregiver, or a health policy advocate, you'll want to read, and re-read, this book. As the mother of a son with a disability, I only wish I'd read Suzanne's book before I brought him home from the hospital. --Judy Woodruff, senior correspondent, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer This is a revised and updated edition of Love, Honor & Value
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Mar 7, 2008
Publisher Capital Books
ISBN 1933102462 ISBN13 9781933102467
Reviews - What do customers think about A Family Caregiver Speaks Up: It Doesn't Have to Be This Hard (Capital Cares) (Capital Cares) (Capital Cares)?
Caregiver Resource May 2, 2008
This is a must read for anyone who is a caregiver, it is full of resources to take care of you as well as the patient.
A very practical guide for caregivers Mar 13, 2008
If any of these thoughts from the Forward resonate with you, buy this book:
"At each step we tried to anticipate the next problem Dad would be facing .... This forward thinking has helped us not to have to scramble and has helped us be mentally prepared as changes occurred." Indiana.
"A lot of people don't want to be around someone who is sick. Some friends may never call or stop by again." California
"... have nurses during the day to care for Kaylee so I can work and I have nurses at night so I can sleep ... I have NO time to care for myself." Maryland.
"After three months I had lost twenty pounds, had terrible bags under my eyes, and looked like a zombie. The doctor threatened to hospitalize me because I was suffering from exhaustion." New Jersey
Suzanne Mintz is president and co-founder of the National Family Caregivers Association, and wrote an earlier edition of this book, Love, Honor and Value: A Family Caregiver Speaks Out About the Choices and Challenges of Caregiving (Capital Cares). The very helpful Appendices and the comprehensive Bibliography have been expanded and updated, and the third chapter on public policy matters has been significantly revised. There is also a good introduction to and description of the Association and its benefits and activities.
As a care receiver and caregiver for almost 30 years, we've found our own way to deal with the many challenges and joys of this way of life. As the Bibliography indicates, there is an enormous and growing literature on caregiving; with an estimated 50 million caregivers in the US, that's not surprising. The revised edition of this book is an excellent choice for beginners or old hands. Best of all, the Association keeps it up to date in a very effective manner.