If you are to engage in the journey of caregiving in life-giving ways for all concerned, you must recognize caregiving as more than a logistical challenge. You need to understand caregiving from the inside out. What does it feel like to be a caregiver or care receiver? How do your emotions and relationships inform and influence the journey? What does it mean to give care and to receive care?
These are the types of questions that probe the heart and soul of caregiving. The answers to these questions are reflective of your ability or inability to prepare to care. Consequently, Caregiving for the GENIUS focuses on the emotional, spiritual, and relational aspects of caring.
Since this is a For the GENIUS book, it is down-to-earth and pragmatic. It is written in a caring, conversational style that you’ll instantly connect with. You’ll find the many stories and sidebars sprinkled throughout especially helpful and relevant. This and all For the GENIUS books are written as comprehensive guides to complex subjects for beginners as well as for those seeking a refresher. You don’t have to be a genius to read one, but you’ll sure be smarter once you do!
Summary of book contents:
Part 1: Caregiving in the Twenty-First Century
Chapter 1: Caregiving: Common Concern, Common Need, Common Ground
Chapter 2: How Do You Define Family?
Chapter 3: Change Is the Norm: Deal with It!
Chapter 4: Caregiving Is a Family Challenge
Chapter 5: The Family Legacy of Caregiving
Chapter 6: Long-Distance Caregiving
Chapter 7: Critter Care
Part 2: Assessment and Planning
Chapter 8: Assess the Process: Toss the SALAD
Chapter 9: Goals of Care: Products of a Healthy SALAD
Chapter 10: Develop, Document, and Execute a Plan of Care: Dress the SALAD
Chapter 11: Hospice and Palliative Care: Part of the Plan
Chapter 12: Plan for Life!
Part 3: The Stressful Journey of Caregiving
Chapter 13: Stressing Stress
Chapter 14: Compassion Fatigue
Chapter 15: Resilience: Choosing to Bounce Back
Part 4: The Philosophy of Collaborative Care
Chapter 16: May I Help You?
Chapter 17: Tipping Points
Chapter 18: Flying in Formation: Collaborative Care Takes Flight
Part 5: The End of the Road
Chapter 19: Life and Loss
Chapter 20: Grief Savvy
Chapter 21: The Reality of Mortality
Chapter 22: A Caregiving Benediction