The Complete Eldercare Planner, Revised and Updated 4th Edition
Where to Start, Which Questions to Ask, and How to Find Help
by Joy Loverde
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Pub Date 24 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 29 Feb 2024
Rodale Inc., Rodale Books
“The most complete resource between two covers.”—Woman’s Day
Being a caregiver for aging parents, close friends and family, and other elders in your life is an overwhelming experience, whether you are one who has stepped into this role without warning or one who is also contemplating their own care plan. Now in its fourth edition, The Complete Eldercare Planner will help you navigate today’s complex caregiving landscape while addressing your unique needs.
Each chapter of this essential how-to guide shares easy-to-use action plans that will help you find your footing, indispensable checklists and worksheets to record important information, and a fully updated directory of low-cost and free resources. You’ll learn how to:
• Communicate with your elders and earn their trust
• Find help during care-worker shortages
• Manage caregiving from a distance
• Protect your finances while paying for long-term care
• Deal with the emotions that come with caregiving
• Look for warning signs of dementia
• Ask the right questions in an eldercare emergency
With practical solutions that you can implement right away, The Complete Eldercare Planner will give caregiving strategies that help you move forward with confidence, make informed decisions, and feel prepared for any challenges.
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Average rating from 3 members
"The Complete Eldercare Planner" was very detailed guide and checklist (love!) and had a wealth of relevant, factual information one and one's family should consider. While no one likes to think or experience the less pleasant parts of life, there is something to be said about being proactive in your own potential care down the road and/or those who may find themselves in a situation of caring for an elder.
Each chapter is clearly broken down into essentials and reference and recommendation on resources. I thought this was exceptional for a wide audience and could be an exceptional tool for those being proactive with their own care or the care of another. Highly recommend.
THE COMPLETE ELDERCARE PLANNER by Joy Loverde is subtitled "Where to Start, Which Questions to Ask, and How to Find Help." This is a fourth edition to a helpful guide on a subject that is quite complex and very emotional. Loverde, a business advisor, and media spokesperson about aging and caregiving, outlines some key points at the beginning of each chapter and then asks questions and lists points to pursue, usually ending with a checklist. In fact, she supplies roughly fifty worksheets, questionnaires, and checklists. Chapter topics range from establishing a care team to choosing housing to managing medical care. Throughout, there is emphasis on protecting caregivers, on financial planning, and overall quality of life for all concerned. Loverde also includes a helpful glossary of terms, notes and references, plus an "organizations index" with contact for hundreds of related groups. The eldercare industry will only grow as America ages and The New York Times recently ran a couple of articles, "What to Know About Assisted Living" and "Extra Fees Drive Assisted-Living Profits" which highlight the many opportunities for confusion and abuse. I was able to see a digital version of THE COMPLETE ELDERCARE PLANNER, but I think it would be helpful to see a print one, too. While the text seems geared to seniors with resources, it does raise issues of concern to all. Providing helpful information like this, streamlining the entire process, and making it more equitable would allow families to spend increased time with their elders and to more fully appreciate that we all have much for which to be grateful.