A practical and authoritative guide to home caregiving
Not long ago, I wrote about the psychological complexities of living with someone who is “physically present but psychologically absent” because Alzheimer’s Disease or another condition. My comments appeared in a review of admirable Pauline Boss’s Ambiguous Loss (April 20), a book that focuses the emotional aspects of such illnesses. If you’re looking instead for a how-to book on caring for an parent who is ill or disabled, consider the American Medical Association Guide to Home Caregiving (Wiley, $14.95), edited by Angela Perry. This guide offers nuts-and-bolts advice on many topics ignored by other books, such as how to keep a catheter from clogging or find someone who has wandered off. One caution: The book came out in 2001 and doesn’t cover changes in insurance and other fields that have occurred since then, such as the introduction of the Medicare Part D drug plan last year.
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