If you are currently caring for a terminally or chronically ill family member, spouse or friend, you are among the 65 million Americans who are considered caregivers. Caregiving can bring joy, a renewed sense of purpose, and can help you reestablish a relationship with a loved one.
However, along with the highs come various challenges. While family, close friends and online and community support groups can provide comfort during a difficult time, books and inspirational stories can serve the same purpose. Better yet, books are a great way for a caregiver to enjoy respite and a bit of peace and quiet. To help caregivers along their caregiving journey, Home Care Assistance of Grand Rapids, MI offers 3 must read books that every caregiver should check out.
“Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers”
By Joan Lunden and Amy Newmark
Within this book, real caregivers share 101 inspiring stories of love, sacrifice and bonding in an effort to build up and encourage caregivers through the difficult process of caring for a loved one. The book encourages caregivers of all ages, with an additional focus on the sandwich generation, those trying to balance the care of aging parents and their own children. Many readers have found that this book, above others has resonated with them, showing that the emotions you may feel as a caregiver are not only normal, but okay and experienced by countless others in similar situations.
“You’d Better Not Die or I’ll Kill You:
A Caregiver’s Survival Guide to Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits”
By Jane Heller
This book portrays a humorous look at the issues that caregivers face as they care for their ill spouses. Heller, who has spent 20 years of her life caring for her chronically ill husband, understands exactly what it takes to be a full time caregiver. She offers laughter as a way to cope with the situation and provides a great reminder on how caregivers need to continue to enjoy life. This bestselling author lives up to her reputation, able to offer a bit of respite and laughter to readers, while still providing great information and acting as a valuable resource.
“Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver: How to Care for Your Loved One Without Getting Overwhelmed and Without Doing it all Yourself”
By Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Pierre A. Lehu
This books deals specifically with those who are caregivers for loved ones suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and is a must read if you provide Alzheimer’s care in Grand Rapids. The book outlines specifically how to manage changes in needs as the disease progresses and offers valuable insight into the life of an Alzheimer’s caregiver. In addition, Dr. Ruth’s is able to effectively provide nonjudgmental discussions about common feelings and problems that family caregivers often face, making a deep connection with her readers. Her background in advice and counseling is apparent as she is able to speak to complicated family issues that are not often spoken about by other writers.
For additional support with caregiving, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Grand Rapids today. Not only can our care services help promote independence and quality of life for your aging loved one, help from an experienced caregiver can provide you with the respite, emotional support and encouragement needed to provide the highest level of quality care to your loved one. Call 616243-0835 to speak with a devoted Care Manager and learn more about our care services.
*None of the above books are endorsed by or advertisers for Home Care Assistance.