The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People by Deborah Stone @DeborahStone_ @BloomsburyBooks

What’s this book about?

No one wants to think about getting older. It’s true. At any age, when things are moving along normally day to day and everyone seems fit and well, there seems no reason to think about future problems that your friends and relatives might (and probably will) come across as they age. In fact, it might even seem a little morbid to think such thoughts, or possibly even tempting fate? 

Yet there will come a time when you must raise these issues and, ideally, this should be before any problems arise. The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People is the ultimate source of information and help for families with care responsibilities. Deborah Stone draws on her extensive experience working in elder care to offer practical advice on every aspect of the field indepth.  

Topics range from how to get help immediately, legal information, care funding options, a guide to useful technology and advice on the main physical and mental health issues that affect older people. Plus guidance is given on dealing with social services and ensuring you choose the right care for your situations. Crucially, the book also offers help on how to cope as a carer with practical advice on juggling family, work and your caring responsibilities while looking after yourself.

Here’s what I thought…

As a child you think your parents are going to around forever and have no idea that one day you will have to look after them just as they have looked after you. Recently, I’ve had to start thinking about my own family situation. My mother in law lives 200 miles away in Scotland and a recent fall at home gave us plenty to think about, especially as out of her 3 children The Grumpy Scotsman lives the furthest away and so we were the ones least able to help. And that makes us feel guilty we aren’t around to help more. My dad lives 200 miles away from us in the opposite direction and my mum lives in The Netherlands and as I’m their only child their care will fall to me when the time comes. And that’s why this book is already firmly placed on my bookshelf because I need to be prepared for when that time comes…as I know it will.

I really don’t think you will find a more comprehensive and relevant book about this subject than The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People. It’s packed full of every single piece of information you need such as Lasting Power of Attorney and why it’s so important to have it in place, help for carers, information on different medical conditions, keeping older people in contact with the outside world, dietary guidelines and so very much more. Everything has been thoroughly researched and is cross referenced with website addresses for a more comprehensive information on each separate issue. There are also top tips (such as freezing bread in smaller portions so an older person always has bread available but doesn’t waste a full loaf) and real life case studies to relate to.

I was also given food for thought about my own future regarding wills and our own finances in the long term. I’ve not even thought about my own retirement yet and how our financial situation will also be changing accordingly. My children may be older and have children of their own but I still don’t feel grown up enough to be a grandparent and be facing retirement! But I have to start facing facts that someday my children will need this information for me and my husband, and when they do I hope that an updated version of this book will be available for them. It’s an in-depth, inclusive guide that you don’t want to think about reading but please don’t leave it till you REALLY need it! Be prepared now and you will be able to handle anything life throws at you with this book by your side.

Very highly recommended by me!

Meet the author…

Deborah Stone is a leading expert in the field of elder care. Through her website, she provides information and advice for families caring for older people, as well as advising companies on the effective development of products and services for older people. Deborah hosts regular seminars and clinics for company staff juggling work, family life and care responsibilities. She appears regularly on TV and radio and contributes to many national newspapers. Her debut novel, What’s Left Unsaid was published in 2018.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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