Free guide offered on caring for elderly

Healthy reading

March 10, 2006|By MARY BETH REGAN

The Who, What and Where of Elder Care

By Jill R.E. Yesko and Ruth E. Thaler-Carter

LifeBridge Health/Free on request

The job of caring for an elderly adult is exhausting and emotionally taxing. But this book, produced as a public service project by Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, which is part of LifeBridge Health, and the law firm of Hodes, Ulman, Pessin & Katz P.A., helps ease the burden. It's rare to have such good information offered for free.

"The best thing that could happen is that we'd have to print another series," says Helene King, the LifeBridge marketing director.

Each chapter has easy-to-use checklists of items on important topics such as how to choose the proper housing or how to create a worksheet of current assets. There's also an excellent final chapter, including names, Web sites and phone numbers of federal, state and local government agencies involved in elderly care.

Perhaps most uplifting is the chapter titled "Caring for the Caregiver." It urges caregivers to beat burnout by taking care of themselves.

One idea: A worksheet sets up a list of helpers with phone numbers. It includes a Caregiver's Bill of Rights that gives caregivers permission to be angry, frustrated, sad and, most importantly, to ask for help.

To order, visit lifebridgehealth.org/getacopy or call 410-601-5022.

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