Compassionate Caregiving: Practical Help and Spiritual Encouragement
For traditional Christians, Compassionate Caregiving: Practical Help and Spiritual Encouragement (Bethany House, 2007), by Lois D. Knutson, can be one-stop shopping for a comprehensive manual for caregivers. This eminently practical guide contains everything from prayers to lists of equipment to make homes safer for frail elderly or those with dementia. Appendices include a detailed questionnaire to keep track of essential information about someone receiving care. Written by a Christian pastor and chaplain, this book offers much to those who see Jesus as a source of strength for the caregiving journey; but many of the book's resources are nonsectarian and applicable to all.
Nuggets of wisdom: Lower your expectations. Don't strive for perfect holiday celebrations for your family when caregiving takes so much time and energy. Give a caregiver a gift of running errands, or offer to help the patient in their care with snow shoveling, lawn mowing, or paperwork.