Everyone knows providing care for someone is a thankless, rewarding, tiresome, uplifting, roller coaster that is filled with many twists and turns along the way. Fortunately, for those who experience caregiving in some way, shape or form, there are many books available to read about various elements of the process. Whether you are providing direct care or someone who knows a caregiver, there are books on the topic for you. Here are five books that provide a prospective into the world of caregiving.
- The Caregiver’s Challenge: Living, Loving, Letting Go
By Maryann Schacht, Psychotherapist
A survival guide and road map to the caregiver role. Schacht chronicles her own experience caring for her terminally ill husband and candidly exploring how terminalillness affects personal relationships. This book entails simple steps and exercises to manage pain, consolidating one’s emotional as well as physical resources, and stay true to one’s bonds despite the perilous journey ahead. A highly recommended primer, written especially for caregivers but filled with crucial wisdom for anyone confronting the protracted loss of a loved one.
- The Fearless Caregiver: How to Get the Best Care for Your Loved One and Still Have a Life of Your Own
By Greg Barg
This book clearly defines your vital role in developing your loved one’s care plan teaching you to deal successfully with managed care organizations, home health services, and arms you with the knowledge and skills you need for deciding if your loved one’s care is appropriate, if your doctor is the right one, if something more is needed. From wills and powers-of-attorney, to practical tips for dealing with disabilities, to long term care options, to battling stress and depression – this book provides a simplified guide to the caregiver process.
- Daily Comforts for Caregivers
By Pat Samples
For those who feel overwhelmed by the day-to-day struggles of caregiving, this charming little book offers gentle guidance and support. Beyond all their usual personal and family demands, [caregivers] must take on the special responsibility of caring for family members or others with long-term health problems. With 366 days worth of wisdom and affirmations, Daily Comforts addresses one caregiving issue per day. An index of topics allows caregivers to find the readings most pertinent to their immediate concerns.
- Be the Noodle: Fifty Ways to be a Compassionate, Courageous, Crazy-Good Caregiver
By Lois Kelly
Part love story, part how-to manual, part memoir, Be The Noodle shows readers how to find superpowers they never knew that had, stay sane, take comfort in sick humor, find compassion and become crazy-good caregivers, one of the most courageous jobs most of us never wanted or have ever been trained to do.
- The Cancer Poetry Project 2: More Poems by Cancer Patients and Those Who Love Them
Edited by Karin B. Miller
The Cancer Poetry Project 2 drew more than 1,000 submissions from widely published poets, first-time poets and many poets in between who let us know we’re not alone in dealing with cancer. The resulting anthology features the best 140 poems, plus the story and the people behind each. Men, women and children, all walks of life, all types of cancer experiences fill the pages of this anthology allowing for readers to find comfort, understanding and much more in just four chapters.
Bonus: God Will Carry You Through
By Max Lucado
Popular author and Pastor Max Lucado has discovered that everyone has a point in their lives that they must handle a serious event. Whether the loss of a loved one, marriage issues, illness, job loss, or the stress of everyday life, people everywhere need the assurance that God will carry them through. Using both scripture and personal testimonials as vehicles to deliver the messages to the readers, this book is rich in hope for finding peace and reassurance through whatever challenges you face.
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