The following five essential books are full of practical advice and tips that will help Arkansas caregivers handle a wide range of situations and help them to better take care of themselves and their elderly parents.
1. The Inspired Caregiver by Tia Walker and Peggi Speers
When it comes to caregiving, it’s easy to lose track of your physical and emotional wellbeing. That’s why it’s important to find a healthy balance between caregiving and your personal life. This insightful book reminds caregivers not to feel guilty about finding joy in living their own lives while taking care of those they love.
2. Sandwich Generation’s Guide to Eldercare by Danielle Dresden and Kimberly Wickert
This book offers caregivers a comprehensive and practical guide on how to deal with the legal, financial and daily living challenges of taking care of elderly parents. This book also offers helpful tips for raising your own family while caring for your senior loved one.
3. The Caregiver’s Survival Handbook by Alexis Abramson
If you’re a Chicken Soup for the Soul fan, this caregiver handbook is for you. As a caregiver, it helps to hear from other people who have gone through and seen the same things you have. The Caregiver’s Survival Handbook features numerous anecdotes and valuable advice that will help bolster your sense of self so you don’t lose it while looking after a loved one.
4. Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents – and Ourselves by Jane Gross
This heartfelt book is also the author’s personal memoir of caring for elderly parents. It features information about how to handle difficult tasks like dealing with the health care system. Her honesty regarding her struggles while caregiving are invaluable for caregivers who feel guilt, anxiety, or depression. Knowing that they aren’t alone in feeling these emotions will greatly help their mental state while caring for their elderly parents.
5. Fall Prevention: Stay on Your Own Two Feet! by Fran Scully and Gail Davies
Falls are fairly common among the elderly, which is why this book offers easy-to-follow guides, exercise suggestions and illustrations that help Alzheimer’s, dementia, and stroke caregivers in Arkansas keep their loved ones safe at home. It covers all manner of fall risks that can keep your loved one from easily navigating their home including medications, footwear, exercise, and vision.
You could also turn to Home Care Assistance of Arkansas to help look after your loved one. Our reliable Arkansas senior care agency goes wherever your loved one needs us, whether that’s at home, in the hospital, or at an assisted living facility. We provide flexible live-in, hourly, and respite services to meet your loved one’s unique needs and schedule. Just call (501) 764-1312 today to set up a free consultation and meet with a trusted caregiver.