The Complete Eldercare Planner : Where to Start, Questions to Ask, and How to Find Help

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9780786882298: The Complete Eldercare Planner : Where to Start, Questions to Ask, and How to Find Help

A comprehensive guide to caring for the elderly serves as a record book for keeping track of medical, legal, and financial data and offers advice on assessing the health of an elder, broaching difficult topics, and more.

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"The simple truth about elders is this: they want their lives to be validated, and they do not want to die alone," writes eldercare consultant Joy Loverde in her preface to the second edition of The Complete Eldercare Planner. While that desire is entirely valid and compelling, there is an equally real parallel reality: caring for elders is a formidable responsibility, a sometimes daunting maze of financial, medical, personal, legal, and logistical issues. Acutely aware of both truths, Loverde's goal is to provide the caregiver the support and efficient, practical guidance he or she needs to be able to enjoy the often-rewarding and moving experience of caring for an aging loved one. And in an era when the fastest growing segment of the population is those 80 and older (among those, the majority are women), it becomes increasingly important for caregivers, who are themselves one day going to need care, to be informed about eldercare facts.

With a clarity and authority that comes from years of consulting experience, Loverde shares techniques and step-by-step tactics for all aspects of eldercare, from how to first broach the topic with an elder that he or she needs care and finding the best insurance coverage to emergency preparedness and managing the process of dying. Thirteen chapters are organized by a series of plans that instruct and advise the caregiver on how to research, prepare for, and manage a particular issue. An "Action Checklist" and, when applicable, a list of low-cost or free resources punctuate each chapter's end. The chapters on legal matters (estate planning, insurance fraud), money (cost-cutting strategies), and insurance (options beyond Medicare, supplementary coverage, long-term policies) will be particularly helpful to those first grappling with their elder's financial position. While on occasion Loverde's recommendations may seem vague--in some cases there are too many variables for the author be more specific without sacrificing relevancy to all readers--The Complete Eldercare Planner is an accessible, comprehensive, and thoughtful resource that will inspire caregivers in their pursuit of quality health care for the aging. --Rebecca Wright

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This authoritative guide by Chicago consultant Joy Loverde offers a comprehensive overview of the medical, financial, and personal issues associated with caring for the aged, from emergency preparedness to long-distance assistance to low-cost and free resources to dealing with disability and death. Gives the reader hope, confidence, and the knowledge to help make intelligent decisions and choices.

The Complete Eldercare Planner equips families with the vital information they need and provides fill-in space to keep critical medical, legal, financial, and personal records always readily available. The Planner includes vital information on: how to tell when an elder needs help; how to broach difficult topics with an elder; where to find low-cost or free information and services....[This book] will ease the trauma and difficulty of eldercare, and provide security and peace of mind for elders and caregivers alike.

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