Caregiver's Handbook, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1465417443
  • ISBN-13: 9781465417442
  • DDC: 362.14
  • Grade Level Range: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
  • 224 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released September 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Caring can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be daunting and exhausting. Caregivers, whoever and wherever they are, need help and advice, but often this proves difficult to source. The Caregiver's Handbook provides the definitive guide to caring for a sick or disabled person of any age at home. It offers emotional support and practical advice on a wide range of topics, enabling individuals to provide the best care possible - whatever the requirements. Separate sections address everyday concerns, including healthy eating and drinking, personal care, and rest and sleep, alongside topics such as safe movement and handling, choosing the right stability aids, or even how to maneuver a wheelchair for the first time. There are also more specialized chapters that set out basic nursing techniques and advise on first aid emergencies. Throughout the book there are also features that look either at the needs of the caregiver, or how the requirement of specific conditions, such as dementia or physical impairment, can affect the way a task can be approached.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Copyright Page.
1: Becoming a Caregiver.
2: The Role of the Caregiver.
3: Deciding to Become a Caregiver.
4: Living Arrangements.
5: Changed Relationships.
6: Looking After Yourself.
7: Your Emotional Well-Being.
8: Getting Help and Support.
9: Making Changes to the Home.
10: Where to Get Advice and Help.
11: General Adaptations.
12: Home Safety and Security.
13: External Access.
14: Hallways and Stairs.
15: Living Room.
16: Kitchen.
17: Bedroom.
18: Bathroom.
19: Diet and Health.
20: Eating Well.
21: Monitoring Weight.
22: Identifying Malnutrition.
23: Swallowing and Eating Difficulties.
24: Special Dietary Needs.
25: When Food is Not Enough.
26: The Importance of Mealtimes.
27: Putting Eating Well into Practice.
28: Food Hygiene and Food Safety.
29: Social and Mental Well-Being.
30: Getting out of the House.
31: Leisure Activities.
32: Communication.
33: Staying Mentally Alert.
34: Coping After a Stroke.
35: Maintaining and Aiding Mobility.
36: Importance of Mobility.
37: Assisting Mobility.
38: Dealing with Falls.
39: Walking Aids.
40: Equipment to Help Move Someone.
41: Mobility Scooters.
42: Wheelchairs.
43: Mobility Exercises.
44: Mobility After a Stroke.
45: Pressure Sores.
46: Comfort in Bed.
47: Rest and Sleep.
48: Beds and Bedding.
49: Equipment to Aid Comfort.
50: Mobility in Bed.
51: Personal Care.
52: Help with Washing.
53: Hair Care.
54: Care of Appearance.
55: Hand and Foot Care.
56: Mouth and Tooth Care.
57: Clothes and Dressing.
58: Using the Toilet.
59: Dealing with Incontinence.
60: Urinary Catheter Care.
61: Stoma Care.
62: Day-to-Day Nursing.
63: Basic Skills and Principles.
64: Useful Equipment.
65: Monitoring a Person's Condition.
66: Key Danger Signs.
67: Giving Medication.
68: Wound Care.
69: Pain Management.
70: Dealing with Temperature Problems.
71: Dealing with Breathing Problems.
72: Dealing with Vomiting and Diarrhea.
73: First Aid Emergencies.
74: What to do in an Emergency.
75: Unconsciousness.
76: CPR.
77: Choking.
78: Severe Chest Pain.
79: Bleeding.
80: Shock.
81: Head Injury.
82: Suspected Stroke.
83: Bone, Joint, & Muscle Injuries.
84: Burns.
85: Bruising.
86: Seizures.
87: Insect Sting.
88: Severe Allergic Reaction.
89: Effects of Cold.
90: Heat-Related Illness.
91: End-of-Life Care.
92: Preparing for the End.
93: Importance of Communication.
94: End-of-Life Decisions.
95: Care of the Dying Person.
96: Practicalities After Death.
97: Bereavement.
Legal and Financial Matters.
Useful Contacts.