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Many of us caregivers face uncertain future, while caring and providing for our elderly loved ones.
Being responsible for the needs and care of an elderly loved one can be a difficult role that many of us do willingly but it requires a lot - patience, time, energy, tenderness, and hard work. We often need to make decisions which are life altering for our loved ones and for our own selves and at times, are not pleasant or easy.
Tough Decisions in the Care of Elderly Loved Ones is an invaluable, practical, and sympathetic guide to how to give your loved one the best possible care while addressing the concerns that you or other carers may have.
This straightforward guide includes practical tips, real-life scenarios, checklists for best practice, offering advice and solutions to common problems, and expert advice on how to deliver compassionate and dignified care to older people.
In this book, Mahesh Moolani, MD objectively divides the tough situations into four categories and tackles each category in a straightforward way. He offers professional support and guidance on how to maintain a work/life/caring balance and better care for your elderly loved ones.
These decisions have to be made with compassion, knowledge, and objective mind. After reading the book, you will feel as if someone is holding your hand while you make those tough decisions.
This book covers ideas like:
How to have a conversation with your elderly loved one about change in health?
Deal with deteriorating physical and mental health in loved ones.
What happens when the family members develop dementia?
Making the decision on in-home care or a care facility.
Adjusting to your role as caregiver while still caring for yourself.
The topics discussed are:
Empathy and Patience
Living Will or Advance Directives or Advance Care Planning
Home Health Services and Non-Medical Home Help
Personal Care Homes
Skilled Nursing Facilities – Specialized Medical Services
Palliative Care: A Specialized Medical Approach
Hospice: Caring for the terminally ill
Physical condition and daily living
Factors caregivers must consider about themselves
Mahesh Moolani, MD is an Internist and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, who serves as a medical director of two nursing homes and takes care of huge geriatrics population. He loves to educate patients and healthcare professionals in person as well as on Facebook and LinkedIn. In his professional career, he has come across thousands of caregivers, who find it hard to provide optimum care to their loved ones despite their best intentions and efforts.
"1. Excellent guidance for families and caregivers anticipating dealing with decline in loved ones.
In this book, Mahesh Moolani, MD provides not only a clinical understanding of the challenges caregivers face for loves ones nearing the final stages of their lives, he also touches on the simple acts of compassion and dignity in those final moments. Often, we as caregivers are faced with guiding families through the difficult time of seeing their loved ones decline, and trying to provide understanding for the ""whys"" behind the changes made. This book is a great resource for even those of us in the field, and very enlightening for anyone who anticipates having to make the ""Tough Decisions"" in the future.
2. I intend to point to this work as a great resource. Every family I work with ask so many of the same questions in the beginning stages of taking care of a loved one, but often feel alone and uncertain where to turn to for answers. Dr. Moolani has provided a great starting point toward answering those questions, as well as some that perhaps families have not yet had to face. Even if your aging loved ones are in perfect health, this is a valuable resource to read BEFORE it's needed.
3. The scenarios thourought this book moved me out of my head and into my heart. The combination of stories, tactics and checklists made this book a quick read and easy to reference. Dr. Moolani organized the information in a logical way for any of us as professionals, caregivers, volunteers or friends to navigate difficult situations. It's also thought provoking for us to imagine how we can be more proactive in our own aging process. I appreciate the format of the entire book; we can access it like a good ""cheat sheet."" I highly recommend this book and look forward to additional education developed by Dr. Mahesh Moolani.
4. This book is perfect if you need help making the right choices for someone you are caring for. Dr Moolani not only helps you better understand your options on type of care, but he gives you full explaination of how your choice of care will effect the family and caregiver. I just wish this book was available before my mom passed in December because I really think it would have been a big help. I can certainly see that a lot of the choices we made were spot on to the description he gives in the book. I highly recommend this book to everyone but especially anyone who is caring for a elderly loved one.
5. You know a person is really sharp when they take a difficult, uncomfortable or complex subject and break it down for everyone else to understand. Dr. Moolani has done a great job of taking the care of the elderly and explaining all the key components to you step by step. If you are suddenly cast in the role of caregiver for an elderly relative, this book is for you.