When Your Parents Need You: A Caregivers Guide. Robinson R, Santa Monica, Ca, IBS Press, 1990, 1 68 pages, $9.95, softcover.
Most of us reading this review will be faced with the challenge, in the not-sodistant future, of caring for our aging loved ones.
Robinson has been a caregiver to both of her aging parents and "has been there and knows." She takes the reader on her personal course of navigating stormy long-term care delivery seas. She provides helpful information to use now, before we become actual caregivers. A few of the rough waters she travelled included:
* Financial: recognizing that Medicare provides minimal, if any, assistance for those requiring long-term care. She needed to learn how to best protect her surviving parent's assets, as well as learn the public assistance and health insurance systems.
* Legal: providing clear definitions of advanced directives, such as durable power of attorney for health care, living wills, and trusts - directives that are completed before they are needed.
* Caregiver-take-care strategies: how many of us tell our caregivers or ourselves that, but neglect to outline specific ways of taking care? Robinson outlines personal and professional avenues for helping the caregiver survive and grow from the experience.
When Your Parents Need You is an optimistic book and is highly recommended. It provides anticipatory guidance before we must set sail.