Caregiver's Handbook by the Visiting Nurses Association of America
Review by Janet Frieman, RN, Staff Writer
"Caregiver's Handbook: A Complete Guide to Home Health
a Nutshell: This book would be helpful to all those who become caregivers, either
as a relative, significant other, or volunteer.
This book is an excellent guide for the layperson who finds himself in the position of becoming a caregiver, whether long or short-term. Chapters offer specific advice on the physical care necessary for the comfort and well-being of the person being cared for as well as the caregiver.. Health care professionals, patients, and families often say that people leave the hospital sicker and quicker. This book is a valuable resource for those people who find themselves in need of homecare.
Specific chapters deal with personal care, hygiene, mobility, environment, and palliative care. Definitions of health care professionals, commonly used medical terms, and availability of agencies and organizations are offered. A Patient Bill of Rights is included. Sample charts for recording activities of daily living are very useful.
The advice given is concise, easily read and provides quick and efficient ways of coping with the physical and emotional demands that may be made upon the caregiver, who may not have much time to prepare for this new lifestyle. Because this book was written by experienced lay-caregivers under the guidance of professionals, the language is easy to understand. Care-giving skills, such as bedbaths and mobility are demonstrated in photographs that illustrate the techniques needed to provide optimal comfort to the patient and physical ease to the caregiver. Methods of encouraging self-esteem , such as appearance, and establishing independence in eating with specially adapted utensils are demonstrated.
Topics Discusses/Table of Contents
Chapter1: Becoming a Caregiver:whether homecare is a viable solution for all concerned,
emotionally and physically.
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