A Survival Guide for Caregivers
“Trying to be a Carer at home is like trying to do a jigsaw blindfolded. There are always some of the pieces missing. I just wish someone would sit down with me and tell me the best thing to do when... but there are so many times in every day when I’d like to ask someone – anyone - what’s best to do.” ‘John’ (a helpline caller)
- Carers UK estimate that 1 in 8 adults in UK are carers
- There are an estimated 6.5 million carers - family members, friends, neighbours - across the UK
- Over 1.3 million people provide over 50 hours of care a week
Surviving Family Care Giving vividly illustrates the daily difficulties experienced by these care givers who offer long term care and support – and shows how to work through them.
Rather than being about any particular condition or illness, this book is about building effective communication and how families and other home teams can offer important support through collaboration and coordinated efforts - important whatever the illness or condition or situation of the people involved. As the author Gráinne Smith explains, “In addition to my experience in living through those nightmare years when my daughter was so ill and refused all medical treatment, I've learned so much from the experiences of others caring at home; I tell many of their Real Life stories in this book.”
"The book uses real-life examples from families coping with various conditions and ideas that can be adapted to fit the reader’s own situation. It focuses on what carers can do to help themselves through telephone helplines, charities, self-help groups, relaxation therapies and more. It is, in short, a survival guide." - Andrew Cozens, Chair of Carers Trust, UK (from the Foreword)
"Having a loved one with a chronic illnesses requiring intensive in-home care can tear families apart. To focus on keeping family members connected and working together as a team, this book transcends trendy illness-specific how-to guides regarding caring for a family member, by detailing cross-cutting care issues clearly and succinctly. Based on decades of personal and professional experience, as well as the support of scientific evidence, the concept of collaborative communication comes to life as practical, useful advice that provides both hope and comfort". - Richard E. Kreipe, University of Rochester Medical Center, USA
“Surviving Family Care Giving is one of those books that come along rarely - books that should completely change how practitioners work. We know carers often struggle. We know sometimes support offered is inadequate. Yet we work in separate silos. Gráinne Smith has done a great service to users, carers and practitioners in this insightful and challenging book. Read it - it will change what you do!"- Dr Chris Williams, Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow, UK
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About the Author…
Gráinne Smith is an author, writing from her considerable professional experience as a former teacher and primary head teacher working with children and families during tough times and easy, as well as her personal experience as a single family carer when her daughter was in a life-threatening condition with anorexia and her mother developed Alzheimer's.
Surviving Family Care Giving
Co-ordinating effective care through collaborative communication
Written by Gráinne Smith
Published: 24th September
Pb: 978-0-415-63646-9 £16.99
Hb: 978-0-415-63645-2 £95.00
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