Books to Aid Customized Decisions as Recommended by Comfort Keepers

Tracy Echeniquè, Comfort Keepers of St. Louis general manager, knows exactly the deep-rooted decisions people face about senior care and adults needing daily assistance. Their company’s team excels in providing caring, in-home care and even vows to do so through a Ten Point Promise. Following are their book recommendations for those seeking additional ideas.

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To Weep for a Stranger: Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving
by Patricia Smith

Isolation, emotional outbursts, substance abuse and nightmares can distress caregivers who don’t have authentic, sustainable self-care practices. With awareness and knowledge, “compassion fatigue” can be managed. This book guides compassionate, dedicated caregivers to happy, healthy lives, including a special section for family caregivers.

A Guide for Caregiving: What’s Next?
by Tina M. Marrelli

Written by a home healthcare veteran, this comprehensive guide assists caregivers in effectively dealing with topics, such as Alzheimer’s disease; dementia; medication management; and end-of-life, palliative and hospice care.

Why We Care: Choosing the Right Home Care Agency
by Steve “The Hurricane” Weiss and Haytham Najjar

This book shares how to choose a home healthcare agency as told by agency owners, combined with heartwarming stories of how families were able to help loved ones stay in their home and age in place, with dignity and grace. 

How to Care for Aging Parents, 3rd Edition: A One-Stop Resource for All Your Medical, Financial, Housing, and Emotional Issues
by Virginia Morris 

Called “the bible of eldercare,” this book includes fraud; details on the latest “aging in place” technologies; online resources; current laws/regulations; and fill-in worksheets for medications, caregivers’ names, schedules and doctor contacts. 

Homecare: The Best! How to Get It, Give It, and Live With It 
by Jo Whatley Cheatham

This book contains straight talk about clients, advocates, caregivers and homecare agencies from a caring insider.