“Family Caregiving” explores one of the most precious and fulfilling gifts of love that can be given to a family member or a friend, something that’s often one of the most difficult tasks to undertake.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (PRWEB) October 05, 2012
After spending nearly five years as a caregiver for his mother, father and a friend, author Brett H. Lewis thought to himself, “What if I could share my learning with other family caregivers, especially those just starting their caregiving journey? How much easier could I make it for them?” He set out to share his personal experiences caring for both his father and friend, putting pen to paper and writing his informative new guidebook, “Family Caregiving: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Caregiving” (published by iUniverse).
“Family Caregiving” explores one of the most precious and fulfilling gifts of love that can be given to a family member or a friend, something that’s often one of the most difficult tasks to undertake. The difficulty increases in magnitude because many family caregivers have no formal medical training other than basic first aid. Lewis shares his insights and the bounty of information that he learned acting as a family caregiver for both his father and his close friend.
Lewis explains that even though caregiving is stressful, being prepared and knowledgeable can reduce stress levels and give a better chance for caregiving success. A caregiver should have a thorough understanding of the patient’s personal and family medical history, current symptoms and medical conditions. It is critical to learn how to interact effectively with medical personnel, to become familiar with hospital/rehabilitation center processes and protocols and to learn about basic medical terminology, equipment and procedures.
By sharing candid, real-world experiences, including his mistakes, Lewis provides a step-by-step guide that can enable the family caregiver to better navigate the life-changing journey of caregiving.
About the Author
Brett H. Lewis is a recovering family caregiver. He cared for his father for two years and for his friend, Amy, for five months. Lewis is now recovering from his caregiving journey while making sense of it all by writing this guide to share his personal experiences. He lives in New Jersey.
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