The Caregiver's Encyclopedia: A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Older Adults

The Caregiver's Encyclopedia: A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Older Adults

by Muriel R. Gillick


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Caregivers hold the key to the health, well-being, and happiness of their aging relatives, partners, or friends. The Caregiver's Encyclopedia provides you with all of the information you need to take the best care of your loved one—from making major medical decisions to making sure you don't burn out.

Written by Muriel R. Gillick, MD, a geriatrician with more than 30 years' experience caring for older people, this book highlights the importance of understanding your friend's or family member's overall health. With compassion and expertise, this book will help you "think like a doctor." The content

• helps you navigate the health-care system
• shares important information about treating basic geriatric syndromes, including delirium, dementia, and falls
• teaches you about preventive care options
• enables you to manage medical decisions related to both acute and chronic conditions
• discusses what Medicare covers—and what it doesn't
• guides you through different approaches to care
• weighs the risks and benefits of hospital vs. home, nursing home, or hospice care
• provides a detailed list of medical supplies that you might want to keep on hand
• offers you additional resources and emotional support

Throughout, Gillick provides helpful information and concrete concepts that caregivers can put into practice today. Authoritative, comprehensive, holistic, and highly illustrated, The Caregiver's Encyclopedia will help you figure out how to be the best caregiver you can be.

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Reviewer: Wendy Boren, RN, BSN (MU Sinclair School of Nursing)
Description: This is an all-in-one guidebook for caregivers of the elderly in a home-based setting. The book covers the difficulties of changing roles from child or friend into caregiver and what that means physically, emotionally, and medically. By addressing basic caregiver roles and questions in a variety of settings, this book serves as a strong guide for giving care in a productive, honest, and strategic way. It addresses common illnesses, hospital and skilled nursing admissions, polypharmacy, ADLs, and cognition. Replications of common geriatric tests and tables help the readers understand the types of assessments their loved ones may experience, as well as scales used to determine safety and ability.
Purpose: The purpose is to present gentle guidelines for caregivers of the elderly in the United States. The book focuses on common ailments such as arthritis and COPD and discusses medical management for flareups and acute changes to chronic problems. It also teaches caregivers the basic ins and outs of navigating Medicare. Finally, it leads readers through caregiving roles throughout the healthcare continuum, first focusing on hospitalizations, followed by rehabilitation units, then skilled nursing and home health. The book meets its objectives head on and provides an easy-to-understand, comprehensive guide for caregivers.
Audience: The book is written for general laypersons without medical knowledge. It is a useful checklist for caregivers navigating the world after age 65. The author is a recognized geriatric physician who meets the needs of this audience. Her years of experience as a practitioner lend credibility to not only the medical science of her treatment solutions but also her practical solutions for life in the real world of caregiving at home.
Features: This is the book for all those new to the caregiver role who do not have a medical background in geriatrics. Becoming a caregiver is a life-changing event for everyone involved but luckily, this book offers a guide of brief explanations, common solutions, and basic assessment tools, brought together in an around-the-coffee-table conversation style that is all but lost in health care these days. Subjects are divided into chapters that make the book easy to navigate and follow a timetable from illness and acuity assessment to planning for the chronic and long term. Tables, graphs, and screenshots of webpages make it very simple for those without medical mindsets to follow along and begin their journeys as caregivers well informed and with fewer stumbling blocks. The information boxes that follow the medical chapters highlight key pieces of information caregivers should be aware of until/if further assistance becomes available. The book is organized, concise, and easy to follow. Additional resources would be appreciated, but otherwise it is spot on.
Assessment: Anyone who has ever cared for an older person has often wished for a how-to book - how-to navigate Medicare, what to expect from a nursing home, where to go for medical equipment, etc. Until this book there has been very little published that is practical, precise, and written directly to the caregiver about issues they really need to know. Its key medical points are invaluable for those without a medical background. The discussions of long-term medical goals and the pros and cons of hospital admission are helpful and accurate for caregivers to read. Without hesitation, I will recommend this book to be used as a guide and repeat reference by new caregivers as they face the various issues and impacts of what it means to be a caregiver in 2020.

The Caregiver Space

"An invaluable resource... Gillick knows the system inside and out and is brilliant at making complex systems easy to understand. If you've read her other books (which I recommend you do) you'll recognize her narrative style, which reads like advice from a caring and well-informed friend."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421433585
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 02/11/2020
Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,201,057
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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