Taking care of a loved one can be overwhelming, confusing and cause feelings of despair and loneliness. As a hospice nurse, with 20 years of experience, it has been a challenge to find a resource that offers a practical approach to caregiving. The Caregivers Journey: Compassionate and Informed Care for a Loved One, provides education and support to those who are facing one of the most difficult times in their lives. Todd Cope reminds caregivers to continue living and that humor is “good medicine”. I highly recommend this book to anyone caring for a loved one. I’m convinced you will find it informative and refreshing.
Carma Karsten RN, CHPN
In my role as a physician caring for a largely elderly population, I have found that there are few challenges that can confront a family as confusing and intimidating as dealing with the progressive physical and mental decline of a loved one. What is to be expected? What resources are available? Where can reliable information be obtained? In his new book, The Caregiver’s Journey; Compassionate and Informed Care for a Loved One, Todd Cope has provided an information packed, concise and readable reference for the caregiver facing this challenge. I highly recommend this book to any who are involved in the care of the frail elderly. In addition, I can say, based on many years of experience in this area that, as quoted at the conclusion of chapter nine: “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise” The information provided in this book will help make the blessings more visible and the trial less bitter.
Bruce Chamberlain, MD, FACP, FAAHPM
As the number of people living into their eighth and ninth decade increases, so will the need for qualified caregivers grow. This book is an ideal source for information that will help prepare anyone who is or may be called upon to provide care to a loved one. “The Caregiver’s Journey” offers a solid foundation for family caregivers, regardless of where they are at along the path of caregiving.
Dr. Jeremy Yorgason, Associate Professor, Family Studies, Brigham Young University