Print Resources

Berman, Claire. Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parent. New York: Henry Holt and Co.
For anyone involved in caring for aging parents this book discusses all the practical issues you are likely to confront-while addressing the emotional stress and particular needs of caregivers.

McGonigle, Chris, Ph.D. Surviving Your Spouse's Chronic Illness. New York: Henry Holt and Co.
The book discusses the realities of having a chronically ill spouse as well as coping strategies for the caregiver.

Strauss, Peter J. and Lederman, Nancy M. The Elder Law Handbook: A Legal and Financial Survival Guide for Caregivers and Seniors. New York NY: Facts on File, Inc., 1996.
A guide to help caregivers and older adults with planning for health care needs, managing and paying for health care, and housing needs. Also explains nursing homes, Medicare, wills, and adult living communities.

Mace, Nancy L., MA and Rabins, Peter V., MD, MPH. The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses and Memory Loss Later in Life. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991.

McFarlane, Rodger and Bashe, Philip. The Complete Bedside Companion. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1998.
This guide provides advice on every aspect of caring for the sick including doing battle with insurance companies, managing symptoms, exploring experimental and alternative therapies and maintaining cash flow and coping with bills.

McLeod, Beth W. Caregiving: The Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss, and Renewal. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1999. Explores medical and financial problems, all aspects of spirituality, and such issues as depression, stress, housing, home care, and end-of-life concerns.

Meyer, Maria M. with Derr, Paula. The Comfort of Home: An Illustrated Step-by-Step Guide for Caregivers. Portland, OR: Care Trust Publications, Inc., 1998. This book is useful for home care patients with Alzheimer's disease, cancer, or Parkinson's disease.

Visiting Nurse Associations of America. Caregiver's Handbook: A Complete Guide to Home Health Care. New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 1998.
This handbook offers advice on providing quality care, equipment that can make life easier, coping on an emotional level, financial support, and much more. Includes key first-aid information and a fill-in patient's log book of daily tasks, habits, and preferences.

Burger, Sarah Green, et. al. Nursing Homes: Getting Good Care There. Atascadero, Ca.: Impact Publishers, 2nd Edition, 2001. Offers information on how to select and work with nursing homes, proven procedures developed by advocates nationwide, and specific strategies for protecting patient rights.

McClellan, Nancy; McClellan, Tasi. Being an Advocate During Hospitalization. Baltimore: PublishAmerica, 2003.
A practical guide to being an advocate for yourself or someone else during a medical crisis or hospitalization.

Stem-Owens, Virginia. Caring for Mother: A Daughter's Long Goodbye. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, c2007.
A memoir of this author's seven year long ordeal with her mother's illness.