Caregiving can be demanding: physically, mentally, financially and emotionally. As a caregiver, finding balance is very challenging. This guide provides practical ideas and support to help the reader find balance every step of the caregiving journey. The guide, set up in an easy-to-follow chapter format, includes: Bright Ideas- how to help yourself and your future caregivers; Carry On!- encouraging and inspiring quotes; You're Not Alone- experiences from other caregivers who have been there; Top Ten Tips- checklists; Resources and easy to complete reproducible Forms. Based on the author's personal caregiving experience of twenty years, this is the book the author wishes she had on her caregiving journey!
REVIEWS FOR A PRATICAL GUIDE TO CAREGIVING: FiNDING BALANCE
Melinda Burns has created the only guide you will ever need as a caregiver! This easy to read, useful book explains in detail how to find the balance you need when you take on caring for another person. “A Practical Guide to Caregiving, Finding Balance” is a complete, step-by-step book that helps you, the caregiver, understand and navigate the complex world of being a caregiver. She masterfully weaves together the complicated path that caring for someone can create. Burns brings a fresh, practical perspective that is often missing in the world of health and personal care. The guide is peppered with personal experience and anecdotes that are poignant, funny, and relatable. You will reinforce the strengths you already possess, while learning how to navigate contemporary issues. If you are looking for the definitive guide to caregiving, this is it!
Kathy Barlow, Caregiver
At some point in our lives, we all become caregivers. It could be to someone in your home, their home or in a nursing care facility where one becomes their advocate. This book is the go-to book to guide you every step of the way. It includes personal experiences that help get you through both the easy days and those extremely difficult ones, so you don’t feel alone. Chapters are outlined and easy to follow. An important chapter deals with how the caregiver can relate to their other family members. Ms. Burns has done all the research for the caregiver including all the forms that one may need. I highly recommend this book. I wish this book had been available when I needed it.
Belle Prusinowski, Greenville, NC
This book, without saying the word, is about trust- in yourself and each other. It too is about balance, honor, respect, familial duty willingly taken up, compassion and love. Taking care of one who needs caring for- including you, you both arrive at this singular place in your lives. With the ways spoken here, you can do so with graceful dignity. This careful, compassionate and practical guide goes beyond the administration of need and affirms the bonds inherent in this path you will take, arm in arm, together. This opens the opportunity to allow for the strength it takes to do this, to be in this place. Respect and regard to you who step in, from one familiar.
Ron Glasser, Caregiver