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Book Review: The Comfort of Home - An Illustrated Step-by-Step Guide for Caregivers, 2nd Ed
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The Comfort of Home: An Illustrated Step-by-Step Guide for Caregivers, Second Edition
Maria M. Meyer with Paula Derr, RN

Book Details:
Published: 2002
ISBN: 0-966476-73-5
Format: Softcover
Pages: 384
Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
Regular Price: $23.00
Web Discount Price: $19.95

Press Release:

1999 Benjamin Franklin Award

... a masterful job of presenting the multiple aspects of caregiving in a format that is both comprehensive and reader-friendly. ...important focus on physical aspects of giving care... -- Parkinson Report

This book should lighten the load for anyone giving or receiving care at home. -- InsideMS

... almost any issue or question or need for resolution is most likely spoken of somewhere within the pages of this guide. -- American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease

... particularly helpful to those who live in rural areas and do not have professionals readily available. -- Western Wire

Physicians, family practitioners and geriatricians, and hospital social workers should be familiar with the book and recommend it to the families of the elderly. -- Home Care University Quality Review

Now - at last - a guide that promises to take the fear out of home care and bring confidence and peace of mind to caregivers.

Simple and Practical! Starts with the basics – which most books wrongly assume you already know. Easy to read.

Positive and Empowering! Contains all the information you need at your fingertips – both now and as new health care needs arise. Like a trusted friend, it will guide you every step of the way.

Full of Money-Saving Ideas! Emphasizes simple ways to prevent accidents and infections that lead to expensive hospital stays.

  • Is Home Care For You?
  • Using the Health Care Team Effectively
  • Getting In-Home Help
  • Paying for Care
  • Financial Management and Tax Planning
  • Planning End-of-Life Health Care
  • Preparing the Home
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Setting Up a Plan of Care
  • How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Therapies
  • Special Challenges
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Emergencies
  • Body Mechanics – Positioning, Moving, and Transfers
  • Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
  • Hospice Care
  • Funeral Arrangements and the Grieving Process
  • Common Abbreviations
  • Common Specialists
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index

About the Authors:

Maria Meyer has been a long-time advocate of social causes, beginning with her work as co-founder of the Society for Abused Children of the Children's Home Society of Florida. She was also the founding Executive Director of the Children's Foundation of Greater Miami. Maria continued her work in institutional advancement for nonprofit organizations, ranging from homeless shelters to botanic gardens. When her father-in-law suffered a stroke in 1993, Maria became aware of the need for more information about how to care for an aging parent. That led Maria to found CareTrust Publications LLC, a company dedicated to producing reader-friendly books that help ordinary people cope with their increasing responsibilities for aging family members and friends. She also founded CareTrust Services, LLC, an advisory firm that helps faith-based organizations develop affordable housing and assisted living for the elderly. Maria and her husband have four children and live in Portland, Oregon.

Paula Derr has been employed by the Sisters of Providence Health System for over 25 years and is a Clinical Educator for three emergency departments in the Portland metropolitan area. She is co-owner of InforMed, which publishes emergency medical services field guides for emergency technicians (EMTs), paramedics, firefighters, physicians, and nurses and has co-authored numerous health care articles. For Paula, home care is a family tradition of long standing. She has a special understanding of the challenges caregivers face in caring for people with Alzheimer's. For many years, Paula cared for her mother and grandmother in her home while raising two daughters and maintaining her career in nursing and health management. Her personal and professional experience adds depth to many chapters of this book. Paula is active in several prominent professional organizations -- SCCM, ENA, AACA, NFNA- and holds both local and national board positions. Paula is a native Oregonian and lives with her husband in Portland.

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