Patricia's publication (written with Barbara Sweeney) was the first-of-its-kind handbook which informs friends and families of caregivers how to keep their lives on track... their finances in order... their health from slipping and their spirits up while caring for another.
5 Stars Rating on Amazon
This brief, no-nonsense book is a valuable resource for caregivers struggling with caring for another yet fearing relinquishing control or asking for help. It spells out in an honest, forthright way the ways that friends and family can provide assistance in small, yet very meaningful ways to take some of the burden off the caregiver. As a professional caregiver who also has been thrust now that the healthiest way to care for another is to care for myself first. But it is so hard to practice what I preach...this book gives friends and family who are watching a caregiver struggle real, practical suggestions for how to help without being intrusive or overbearing. Thank you Patricia and Barbara!!!
Laura Bauer, Director of National Initiatives Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
RECOMMENDED AS A RESOURCE BY THE NATIONAL VETERANS FOUNDATION
------This book is a must read for everyone. I had no idea of the staggering statistics regarding caregivers in this country. This gem of a book opened my eyes to an issue that will at some point affect everyone. Amazon review
----A must read! what a gift Patricia has given us all. From the wake-up call that we will all be caregivers at some point if we have not already. To the touching and compassionate stories and suggestions. I am inspired to help my friends and families through their caregiving. With this books help, I hope to be the excellent caregiver that Patricia obviously has become. I am recommending to all my friends and family. Amazon review
RECOMMENDED AS THE PERFECT GIFT FOR CAREGIVERS BY ISSUES WITH CAREGIVING
"One in five Americans will become a caregiver for someone they love."
- The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
This is not an illness specific, age specific, ethnic specific need. It affects all of us. Our families. Our friends. Unfortunately, we don’t get our education on how to serve the needs of our loved ones and ourselves until we have gone through the process.
Having learned these lessons through her own life experiences, Patricia's purpose is to bring awareness and solutions to the needs of caregivers. She wrote with Barbara Sweeney this easy to read how-to handbook. It is the perfect starting point when a family or friend becomes a caregiver.
What Can I Do?
A Guide for Family and Friends of Caregivers
Patricia volunteers her time as a spokesperson to The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. This worthwhile organization has been studying the needs of caregivers for decades and have shared their evidence based scientific studies with agencies across the county.
Here is a link to their site and resources page:
Patricia moderated the first Los Angeles Panel for Operation Family Caregiver. Help is now available for friends and family of military caregivers from all wars.
Patricia produced, directed and co-wrote with Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter
RCI's first Public Service Announcement
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