From a Caring Friend: A Caregiving Survival Guide

From a Caring Friend: A Caregiving Survival Guide

by Denise M Brown


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The best resource for a family caregiver is another family caregiver. And, the best resource for a new family caregiver is a seasoned family caregiver who knows what works and what doesn't.

In "A Caregiving Survival Guide," you share your best suggestions, tips and resources with a friend, colleague or family member who is new to a caregiving role. You pass along your wisdom, your lessons learned and your best solutions to help a friend caring for a family member with a chronic illness.

With this book, you can share your advice through your written word, through photos, through printed pages you paste onto the guide's blank pages. You can create a journal, a scrap book, a detailed record. The simple book gives your wisdom center stage.

The guide prompts you to share your suggestions for your friend about:

--Activity ideas
--Taking breaks
--Finding comfort
--Working with family
--Understanding forgiveness
--Getting help
--Managing hospitalizations
--Organizing paperwork and schedules
--Providing personal care
--Asking the best questions
--Stocking the right supplies

You'll also share inspirations, resources and wishes to help keep your friend going.

With the information you share in "A Caregiving Survival Guide," your friend will be armed to manage whatever comes in a caregiving day. "A Caregiving Survival Guide" is a great gift for anyone-a friend, support group member or colleague-just beginning a caregiving journey. Your thoughtfulness will start their caregiving journey on the right foot.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499591781
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/31/2013
Pages: 78
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

Denise began working with family caregivers in 1990, launching in 1996 and in 2011. Her insights about the family caregiver experience have been featured in Time magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Reuters, Money magazine and Chicago Tribune and on and was one of the first websites to incorporate online support groups, feature the blogs of family caregivers and add a social networking community. The site features weekly care plans just for family caregivers, a Community Caregiving Journal and a Caregiving Happiness Project. Denise was one of the first to use Twitter to connect with family caregivers, launching an every-other-week chat for family caregivers (#carechat) in 2011.

Through, family caregivers share their stories, solutions and support. The website offers various ways for family caregivers to connect and share.

A certified professional coach, Denise helps family caregivers find the answers to their questions: Why me? Why now? What now? She helps her caregiving clients create coping strategies to use on bad days; develop communication skills to with difficult family dynamics; find more time to invest in their needs and interests; and gain a healthy perspective on a challenging issue. A coaching client says, "Denise was interested, compassionate, and understanding. She helped me verbalize my concerns and suggested ways I can address these."

Her Internet talk show, Your Caregiving Journey, airs several times a week. "Just so you know, YOU have made all the difference in this new world of caregiving for us...and Mom benefits from it as a result!!," writes a talk show listener. "Your knowledge and expertise, and sweet-loving-soothing-voice are my mother earth to run to each night! As an aside, your podcast is soooooo soothing - no loud, lingering sounds or theme song--much appreciated after long days of jarred senses and emotions. I feel cocooned in the reassuring safety of your company."

Denise has authored several books for family caregivers, including "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers," "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again."

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