Thursday, January 23, 2014
Harvard Medical School's Harvard Health Publications has released Caregiver's Handbook A Guide to Caring for the Ill, Elderly, Disabled...and Yourself. A print copy of the report may be purchased for $20 and an electronic copy for $18. The website describes the report:
Caregiver's Handbook, a Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School, was designed as a complete resource for anyone thrown into the role of caregiver. You'll find useful strategies for assisting a loved one with common tasks such as meal planning and personal hygiene. You'll discover advice on legal and financial planning and learn ways to navigate the Medicaid/Medicare maze. The report also details ways to help your loved one remain safely in his or her home, and get advice on options when that is no longer possible.
Most importantly, Caregiver's Handbook will show you how to tap into available resources that will make your job easier and your loved one's life more comfortable. It explains how to get assistance from local agencies and government services and offers tips on how to involve other family members. A special section, called "Care for the caregiver," will provide you with strategies and resources to help you balance caregiving with the other parts of your life.
The report includes such topics as technology, legal issues, handling the daily caregiving tasks, Medicare and Medicaid, dealing with health care providers, and keeping tabs on yourself while caregiving for others.