The Sandwich Generation's Guide to Eldercare

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The Sandwich Generation's Guide to Eldercare


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Gold Winner, 2013 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Awards, Family & Relationships Category

A practical, accessible, and comprehensive guide to the legal, financial, emotional and daily living challenges of caring for aging parents while raising your own family.

If you are caring for an elderly loved one while raising a child, you may feel overwhelmed and unprepared. The Sandwich GenerationÌs Guide to Eldercare, written by three experts with extensive professional and personal experience with eldercare, provides the information and resources you need to make important decisions, balance your responsibilities, and ensure your elders well-being as well as your own.

It includes how to:

  • Create a good eldercare plan and the key financial, healthcare, and legal documents you should have executed
  • Choose the right level of care and ease the transition, including how to avoid the most common mistakes people make in this process
  • Find the best ways to help elderly loved ones maintain their independence and dignity
  • Navigate the maze of government agencies and benefits
  • Involve other family members while minimizing tension or conflict
  • Prevent caregiver burnout and deal with the strain on family life, children, and relationships

With useful checklists, worksheets, step-by-step action plans, lists of questions to ask, and a robust resources section, you'll have everything you need to care for your family.


Product Details

  • Publication Date September 25, 2013
  • Page Count 224
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303434

Editorial Review(s)

The book truly provides everything one needs to gracefully transition a parent or grandparent to the final chapters of thier lives with dignity and security. Longer life expectancies and the growing occurence of age-related dementia, as well as the current economic climate, continue to strain families; using the tools provided here could significantly ease that burden. — Publishers Weekly, October 2013

“A very concise, straightforward, thorough, and well-written guide and toolkit...of practical and empowering material specifically written for members of the sandwich generation.”—Library Journal

“Comprehensive and well-written, The Sandwich Generation’s Guide to Eldercare has the tools to decide which level of care is appropriate and how to pay for it. I would highly recommend this book to the ‘Sandwich Generation’ and long-term care professionals.” — Karl P. Zalar, MRC, MA, LNHA, Executive Director, Friends Care Community

“Very useful and highly informative. The Sandwich Generation’s Guide to Eldercare is a valuable decision-making tool to ensure optimal care for older parents and family members, blending real-world examples, extremely valuable recommendations, and current health care policies.” — Mary Dellmann-Jenkins, PhD

“This manual is a must-read for caregivers who are overwhelmed and on their way to imminent burnout. At last we have one source to help the adult children of aging America find answers and solutions readily, giving them peace of mind. I will be recommending this to my clients.” – Margaret H. Kreiner, Certified Elder Law Attorney

About The Author(s)

Dr. Phillip Rumrill PhD, CRC

Phillip D. Rumrill, PhD, CRC, has a PhD in Rehabilitation and Director of the Center for Disability Studies at Kent State University. Dr. Rumrill has received numerous awards, including the 2005 Rehabilitation Researcher of the Year Award from the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.

Danielle Dresden MEd, CRC

Danielle Dresden, CRC, has a Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Kent State University and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who has been working with people with disabilities and their families for 14 years.

Kimberly Wickert MRC, CRC

Kimberly Wickert, CRC, has a Master's Degree in rehabilitation counseling from Wright State University and has worked with individuals in the field of rehabilitation for more than 20 years.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: You Are Not Alone: The Graying of America and the Role of the Sandwich Generation in Providing Eldercare
Chapter 2: Is it Time?: Determining When Itís Time to Take Over the Care of Your Loved One
Chapter 3: Making a Plan: Practical, Legal, Healthcare, and Financial Essentials
Chapter 4: Balancing Your Loved Oneís Wishes with Practical Reality: In-Home Care, Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing Facility, or Hospice Care
Chapter 5: Stress, Guilt, Anger, Burnout and More: Dealing with the Impact of Eldercare on the Caregiver and the Entire Family
Chapter 6: Alzheimerís Disease, Dementia and Sundownerís Syndrome
Chapter 7: Advocating for Your Loved One: An Eldercare Bill of Rights
Chapter 8: Pulling it All Together: 10 Essential Strategies for Caregivers
Eldercare Experts: Who they are, what they do, how to find them
Eldercare Resources A - Z
Appendix A: Eldercare Safety Checklist
Appendix B: A Caregiverís Kit In Case of Emergency

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