Long Term Care Through the Eyes of Caregivers
Caring for a loved one is a complicated and arduous responsibility. The experiences include the joy of sharing intimate exchanges, laughter and tears to being sleep deprived and riding on an emotional roller coaster. Hearing stories of other caregivers can be informative and supportive.
Howard Gleckman’s book, Caring for Our Parents, offers stories of long-term care through the eyes of these families, detailing the personal and financial sacrifices required, and the difficulties of finding adequate and affordable care. He shed light on the fragmented care system in our country that adds to the complexity of this transition, but also offers inspiration to readers who may be going though similar situations. It is an engaging book that will be useful to anyone who is or will be faced with caring for parents, spouses or loved ones.
Another book that is well worth the read is Passages in Caregiving by Gail Sheehy.
In the book, Sheehy chronicles the last 17 years of her life with her husband Clay Felker and their fight against cancer that they fought together. On the first page she writes “Family caregiver. I didn’t expect it. I wasn’t prepared for it. Nobody briefs us on all the services we are expected to perform when we take on this role. “Through the rest of the book, the reader travels to doctor’s offices, hospitals, and through innovative problem solving. One is left with the understanding the role of family caregiver is not for the faint of heart.