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Passages in Caregiving

Turning Chaos Into Confidence
Sheehy, Gail (Book - 2010 )
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"I didn't expect this." No one really expects it, but at some time or another, just about everyone has been--or will be--responsible for giving care, for a sustained period, to someone close to them. Gail Sheehy, who has chronicled every major turning point for twentieth-century Americans, as well as reported on everything from politics to sexuality, knows firsthand the trials, fears, and rare joys of caregiving. In Passages in Caregiving, she takes you by the hand and shows you that you will get through this, and you will do the right things. Sheehy identifies eight crucial stages of caregiving and offers insight for successfully navigating each one. With empathy and intelligence, backed by formidable research, and interspersed with poignant stories of her experience and that of other successful caregivers, Passages in Caregiving addresses the needs of this enormous and growing group. It is sure to become the touchstone for this challenging yet deeply rewarding period in your life journey. Providing invaluable advice and guidance, this book examines the arc of caregiving from the first signs of trouble. Sheehy answers the most important questions to consider: How serious is it? What do I ask the doctor? How will this be paid for? What are our options? At the same time she offers new tips and strategies that you won't find anywhere else. Most important, however, Passages in Caregiving points out that you don't have to be alone in this process. Included are countless resources and names of advocacy groups that are there to help even the most complicated of situations, many of which are woefully underutilized. With Gail Sheehy as your guide, Passages in Caregiving is sure to help turn a stressful, life-altering situation into a journey that can be safely navigated and from which everyone can benefit.
Authors: Sheehy, Gail
Title: Passages in caregiving
turning chaos into confidence
Publisher: [New York] : William Morrow, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xv, 396 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Gail Sheehy
ISBN: 0061661201
9780061661204
Branch Call Number: 362.0425 S541p 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Home nursing Chronically ill Family relationships Chronically ill Care Psychological aspects Caregivers
Topical Term: Home nursing
Chronically ill
Chronically ill
Caregivers
LCCN: 2009042533
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Trust Gail Sheehy to become our guide and friend though passages we never saw coming. In her words, "This may well be the most important passage of your life. It will revive old issues in your family. It will pit your own dreams for your middle years against the needs of your elders. How... Read More »


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This book is a testament to Gail Sheehy's incredible devotion, and committment to her late husband whose life she extended by more than ten years by acting as an assertive advocate for him with the medical establishment.

This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. DD 209 S 2010

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