This book provides a plan of caring for both the care recipient and caregiver. It can revolutionize the way you approach dementia patients. It can also provide a necessary lifeline of knowledge to those who care for them, both in facilities as well as at home. It is written for the busy caregiver and includes several dozen activities with step-by-step directions. Julia Soto Lebentritt shares intimate and touching caregiving moments that will make your work more reflective and passionate. Discover the joy of connecting more deeply with those for whom you care -- and love.
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"A lifelong labor of love in itself, this project celebrates a simple and timeless tradition."
--Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Professor Performance Studies, New York University
"In this inspiring, compassionate, creative and absolutely generous book, Julia Soto Lebentritt introduces the reader to a unique and marvelous form of caregiving that is not only possible, but enjoyable, as well as fulfilling. Chockful of nurturing suggestions, the book goes a long way to putting the caring back into caregiving. This should be on the bedside table of not only everyone currently engaged in caregiving, but at the ready for all of us facing this role in the years to come."
--Marion Roach Smith, author of The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life!
"In over 25 years in the field of psychiatric nursing and human services, I have never come across a plan of caring for both the patient and caretaker as beautifully integrated as is found here."
--Christine Knowles, RN, BC
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About the Author
Julia Soto Lebentritt is a "lullabologist" and the owner of Spontaneous Care Communications. Her life work -- recording, presenting, and producing lullabies from the many cultures that make up our American society -- is commended for clarification of the lullaby as a genre and for exploration of multicultural settings. Several national, state, and local grants were awarded her lullaby projects, resulting in numerous performances, productions, and workshops about the transitional use of music and song for all ages. As an eldercare case manager, bereavement facilitator, therapeutic activities director, and family member, she is a caregiver using lullaby traditions. She has certification in Alzheimer's-disease management and has a master of fine arts degree in creative writing. For more about Julia and Reciprocal Care, visit her website at www.reciprocalcare.com.