No one wants to think about getting older. It’s true. At any age, when things are moving along normally day to day and everyone seems fit and well, there seems no reason to think about future problems that your friends and relatives might (and probably will) come across as they age. In fact, it might even seem a little morbid to think such thoughts, or possibly even tempting fate?
Yet there will come a time when you must raise these issues and, ideally, this should be before any problems arise. The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People is the ultimate source of information and help for families with care responsibilities. Deborah Stone draws on her extensive experience working in elder care to offer practical advice on every aspect of the field indepth.
Topics range from how to get help immediately, legal information, care funding options, a guide to useful technology and advice on the main physical and mental health issues that affect older people. Plus guidance is given on dealing with social services and ensuring you choose the right care for your situations. Crucially, the book also offers help on how to cope as a carer with practical advice on juggling family, work and your caring responsibilities while looking after yourself.
There’s lot’s of really good information and help in this book for those looking after older people or, indeed, if you are an older person or approaching that time of life. It signposts where to go to get help and support to make life as easy and fulfilling as possible. Detailing those important things that often get overlooked.
It was good to read about how important it is for family to talk to each other – about the needs of the older person, yes, but also and as importantly about how each of you, the family members now also the careers, feel. This is in order to ensure that everything gets done and that there is no, or very little, resentment over care responsibilities. This is so important as it can have such a long reaching impact.
There are anecdotes which really bring home the authors points in a thoughtful way.
It also takes you along all those steps that you need to know and do when a person dies – and they may not always be an older person for some of this to be relevant – bereavement is considered one of the most stressful experiences in life so this guide is invaluable in letting you know what you need to do.
I can’t concur enough with one premise of this book that it is so important not to leave putting your affairs in order. This is the book that will set you right and enable you to move forward with this and many other elements, needs and issues that you can come across when dealing with the care of older people. From finance to medication, from care at home to care in a home this is such a useful tool for older people, those approaching older life, their family and carers. It is a book every household should read.
It is clear, easy to read and an excellent guide which everyone should have.
Oh! By the way, also reviewing today is Anne so do take a look at her thread.
Many thanks to Kelly @LoveBooksGroup for the invitation to this absolutely essential Blog Tour for The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People by Deborah Stone. Thanks go to Green Tree publishers and Deborah Stone for an eCopy of this important book.
Publisher: Green Tree (14 Nov. 2019)
Deborah Stone read English Literature at Durham University. She lives in North London with her husband, two sons and her dog.
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