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CAREGIVING Ready or Not is written to help caregivers anticipate, understand and address the many issues they are likely to face as a result of aging, illness or injury. This book cuts through the clutter and confusion and offers clear and unbiased information and insight to help caregivers and care receivers make informed decisions. Throughout the book, I provide practical knowledge, tools and tips that you and your family can immediately begin applying. I also offer thought-provoking and actionable perspectives to help you along your journey ahead Ready or Not.
CAREGIVING Ready or Not provides foundational information caregivers so desperately need. The journey I take you through in this book starts with helping you make sense of your situation, discovering your roles and responsibilities, exploring the aging process and seeing life through the lens of a care receiver. Midway through the book I delve deeper into practical and purposeful caregiving, address discussions, decisions and dynamics along with conflict communication strategies. Then I wrap things up addressing loss and grieving, sharing end-of-life considerations, and ideas to help ensure lasting memories. These are all topics caregivers need to know and understand, as doing so will help them engage in more meaningful and supportive ways.
1. Making Sense of the Situation
2. Discovering Roles and Responsibility
3. Exploring the Aging Process
4. The Care Receiver Perspective
Exercise: Gather Personal Information
5. Practical and Purposeful Caregiving
6. Discussions, Decisions and Dynamics
7. Communication Strategies in Conflict
8. Understanding Loss and Grieving
9. Preparing for End-of-Life
10. Ensuring Lasting Memories
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Charles Puchta is founder and principal of Aging America Resources, Director of the Center for Aging with Dignity at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and an adjunct instructor for the UC School of Health Services.
Puchta is a Certified Senior Advisor, an award-winning author and a nationally recognized authority, advisor, advocate, and speaker on the subject of aging and caregiving.
He has devoted his life to helping individuals, families and professionals anticipate, understand and address the many challenges brought about by aging and illness. His distinctive gift is his ability to take complex subject matter, distill it and communicate it in a way that makes sense to the audience.
Puchta has written numerous books, small group curriculums and other resources addressing aging, health concerns and caregiving issues. He works with organizations across the country, helping them formulate and implement programs to support the care needs of older adults and caregivers.
Puchta lives in Loveland, Ohio, with his wife, three daughters and two dogs. A favorite saying, and one that reflects his career and calling is, To love what you do and feel that it matters how could anything be more fun?
In addition to the fun he has pursuing his passion, Puchta believes that caregiving should be fulfilling and rewarding for both the care receiver and caregiver. He hopes, and is confident that, this book will provide you with the perspectives and practical insight you need to make a difference in the lives of the people with whom you interact.Review:
Chuck, God has brought me your book at yet another huge crossroad in decisions my family is needing to make concerning my parents. I am absolutely amazed (but shouldn't be!) that just when I had once again thought I was losing my mind, He dropped your book in my lap. Somehow my sisters and I have muddled through about seven years that have seemed like an endless maze of decisions, crises, unexpected events, and family dynamics. And each time we thought things might be settling down a bit--sorry but nope! The other shoe always drops. Or as a good friend of mine says, "If it's not one thing, it's your mother."
When life gets particularly stressful, I have a hard time sitting down long enough to read a how-to that might actually alleviate my stress! Wow! You've nailed it. Your approach is right on-target. Your style of talking straight to issues and concerns of Boomers is perfect. You speak our language!
CAREGIVING Ready or Not is a wonderful combination of educating, coaching, encouraging, and practical help. (I was skeptical that you could accomplish all that in one book on this topic, since many authors try, but fall short in one area or another.) As I am reading it, I feel refreshed and empowered, not overwhelmed and burdened with too much information. Boomers like me who are in the midst of the battle, need this type of focused, clear-cut, orderly and digestible book. Your expertise and knowledge are impressive, and you have a humble, clear way of getting that information into a reader's hands.
After reading first book years ago and realizing you were a goldmine I was going to need some day, I gave your book to a friend in the midst of caregiving crisis. While I know it was helpful to her, I am kicking myself that I missed all the good info while we were living the first part of our journey, I still have to trust that God's timing is perfect....He gave me His wisdom through you at the beginning of the process, and now He's brought me full circle as my mom and dad are both reaching the end stages of their illnesses.
Your book is a true blessing, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing God to use you as His special agent in a time of need. --Margaret Behlert
Charles, you have masterfully presented practical and actionable information about a very complex subject. CAREGIVING Ready or Not accurately, clearly and fairly portrays the realities Baby Boomers are sure to encounter caring for aging parents. As I read your book I found myself saying yes over and over again as you hit all the salient points every caregiver needs to know and understand. The way you incorporated your personal story, quotes and poems adds a dimension that caregivers long for.
As a nurse specializing in gerontology, and one who has been on the care receiving side, I especially appreciate your respectful attitude toward older adults. All too often adult children try to take over thinking they know what is best. Then when they become stressed and frustrated because their aging parents are not receptive, they wonder why. The way you explain the partnership that is essential to caring relationships is brilliant.
Caregivers desperately need to see life through the lens of the care receiver as doing so can bring understanding and compassion to their gestures and interactions. Simply put, your book is a must read for anyone taking on the caregiver role, regardless of whether they think they are Ready or Not. --Evelyn Fitzwater, DSN, RN
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