Today one in eight American adults between the ages of 40 and 60 is raising a child and caring for an elderly parent. Many of us find it challenging to plan for our children's future, our retirement and care for our elderly loved ones in the current economy. Drawing upon the author's professional and personal experience caring for elderly family member themselves readers learn earn how to assess their loved ones legal, financial, and health status to determine how much care and support aging family members need. The book guides readers in the development of a family care plan that can be modified as their loved ones continue to age. The authors feature other specialists in legal and medical fields to help answer all the questions floating around on this topic. Finally the book identifies the ways in which the entire family and support system can be involved even when distance may be a factor. Family dynamics are key at this time of life, and the book addresses issues related to reality-based decision making, legal considerations, estate planning, and effective communication.
Preface; Introduction; Chapter One: The Graying of America and the Need for Elder Care; Chapter Two: When is it Time to Take Over the Care of my Loved One?; Chapter Three: Preparation of Care, Estate Planning, Developing a Care-Plan and Involving Other Family Members; Chapter Four: Home Care Versus Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing: Balancing Your Loved One's Wishes with Practical Reality; Chapter Five: What's Available Out There? Specialists and Government Assistance Programs; Chapter Six: The Psychological and Emotional Impact on the Caregiver and the Entire Family; Chapter Seven: Alzheimer's and Dementia and their Special Impact on the Family; Chapter Eight: Staying Involved as Your Loved One's Needs Change; Chapter Nine: Pulling It All Together: New Chapters in Your Loved One's Life and Yours; Resources; Helpful Forms: Care Plan Template and Transition Time Checklist Index.
Phillip D. Rumrill is a Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling and Director of the Center for Disability Studies at Kent State University. He has co-authored many professional books and also the Demos Health book Employment issues and Multiple Sclerosis (Second Edition). Dr. Rumrill has received numerous awards, most recently the 2005 Rehabilitation Researcher of the Year Award from the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.KimberlyWickert is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who has worked with individuals in the field of rehabilitation for more than 20 years. Danielle Dresden is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who has been working with people with disabilities and their families for 14 years.