Being a family caregiver is often a tough job, but the right book can help you feel less alone. Fortunately, there are many books about caregiving that offer excellent advice from professionals and emotional support from people who have been in your place. Following are five essential books Tampa Bay senior care providers recommend for family caregivers.
1. Caring for Your Parents: The Complete AARP Guide
By Hugh Delehanty and Elinor Ginzler
This extensive guide is published by the AARP, who is known for offering support to seniors. It has everything caregivers need including checklists for necessary caregiving supplies, collections of helpful charities seniors and their families benefit from and other essential resources for caregivers and their families.
2. No Saints Around Here: A Caregiver’s Days
By Susan Allen Toth
In addition to giving helpful suggestions for taking care of a difficult senior loved one, this book provides a humorous yet poignant look into the difficulties of being a caregiver for your spouse.
3. The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People With Alzheimer’s Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss in Later Life
By Peter V. Rabins and Nancy L. Mace
Providing compassionate dementia home care in Tampa Bay comes with unique challenges, and this must-read book gives great advice on navigating the healthcare system, housing options, dementia treatments, and emotional problems among those with dementia.
4. The Caregiver’s Survival Handbook: How to Care for Your Aging Parent Without Losing Yourself
By Alexis Abramson
Abramson’s compelling book gives undervalued caregivers some much-needed support from someone who’s been where they are now. It also gives a lot of great practical advice about balancing a career with caregiving and a personal life.
5. When the Time Comes: Families with Aging Parents Share Their Struggles and Solutions
By Paula Span
This book is a collection of interviews between a journalist and many different families who were involved in caregiving for an elderly relative. Author Paula Span provides a diverse collection of practical solutions to different caregiving situations.
You don’t have to be the sole source of care and support for your senior loved one. Turn to Home Care Assistance for help looking after your parent or family member. We are the leading provider of stroke, dementia, and Tampa Bay Alzheimer’s care that makes living at home easier for seniors with specific needs. Our highly trained caregivers work around a flexible schedule to help with all manner of care including meal preparation, medication reminders, physical exercise, and cognitive stimulation. Call (727) 330-7862 today to learn more about our services and how they benefit your loved one.