Being a family caregiver in Scottsdale, AZ can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be mentally, physically, and emotionally challenging. Thankfully, there are excellent books on the market to help you understand your position as a caregiver to an elderly relative you love. Here are four books recommended by Home Care Scottsdale that all caregivers can read to find support, resources, and maybe even laughter as they adapt to their new position.
1. If Only I’d Had This Caregiving Book by Maya Hennessey
Through this book, Hennessey offers support for professional and family caregivers alike. She delves into the changing relationship between parent and child when a child becomes a parent’s caregiver and helps you understand your place in this new hierarchy. This book presents basic and practical tools for the caregiver in regard to finding support and other resources.
2. Helping Yourself Help Others: A Book for Caregivers by Rosalynn Carter
Carter’s theory that everyone will either be a caregiver or will need a caregiver in their lifetime is the basis of this book. She offers reliable resources as well as ways to handle typical caregiver burnout and overload.
3. Doing the Right Thing: Taking Care of Your Elderly Parents Even if They Didn’t Take Care of You by Roberta Satow, PhD
Satow handles a tricky topic often left untouched by other books. With sensitivity and insight, her advice helps individuals struggling with an already strained relationship when they suddenly find themselves caregivers to their aging parent.
4. Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
Chast offers a humorous look at caring for her parents at the end of their lives. Through wit and comedic artwork, the author explains the difficult decisions one is faced with in regard to senior care. From locating senior centers to worrying about whether she can afford enough years for her parents’ care, Chast finds humor in the hardest of situations as she helps the reader understand it’s okay to laugh even in the toughest of situations.
Another great resource for family caregivers are home care providers like Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can provide hourly or live-in home care in Scottsdale, giving family caregivers a much-needed respite and a chance to recharge the batteries. Every caregiver is compassionate, trained, and thoroughly vetted so clients can feel confident with the person caring for their senior loved one. Give us a call at (480) 448-6215 to learn more and schedule a free in-home consultation.