Posted by Staci Blinn Nov 15 2016
Sometimes being a caregiver can feel isolating and lonely. As important as self-care is, there are times when going out for a night with friends or heading to the spa just isn’t realistic.
One activity that some caregivers find soothing, that can be done for 15 minutes or several hours without leaving the house, is reading. Reading about caregiving in particular can help normalize feelings and remind you that others have had similar experiences. You may also find some helpful tips and ideas. Here is a list of books related to caregiving—pick one out and give it a try:
Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul: Stories to Inspire Caregivers in the Home, Community and the World, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and LeAnn Thieman. This book offers a dose of inspiration for caregiving professionals and the millions of souls who help care for family and friends.
Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence, by Gail Sheehy. In this essential guide, Gail Sheehy outlines nine crucial steps for effective, successful family caregiving, turning chaos into confidence during this most crucial of life stages.
Caregiving Wife’s Handbook: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself, by Diana B. Denholm. This is a step-by-step communication guide to help women maintain emotional, physical and financial health in their unique role as caregivers to their dying husbands.
Stroke Recovery Stories: Humorous and Inspiring Stories Told By Stroke Survivors and the People Who Love Them, by Jeff Kagan. This book is written by stroke survivors and their families who show the happy, funny and serious side of stroke. They show recovery does happen, one day at a time. Each story will bring laughter and tears.
The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers: Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent, by Barry J. Jacobs. Each chapter follows a caregiving family through time as they cope with everything from medical treatments to sibling arguments and marital spats. A resources section at the end lists helpful places to turn.
Daily Comforts for Caregivers, by Pat Samples. For those who feel overwhelmed by the day-to-day struggles of caregiving, this charming little book offers gentle guidance and support.
Careliving Community is a social networked, hosted by the National Stroke Association, that is designed for caregivers and family members of stroke survivors. In this free, private space, you can connect with and support one another, and share advice through Discussions. You can also post blogs or read blog entries by other caregivers. Sign up to be part of the Careliving Community here.
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