Jane Brody's Personal Health column today discusses a model nursing home in Florida. I want to draw your attention to the second half of the article, which highlights the book, Taking Charge: Good Medical Care for the Elderly and How to Get It.
Some of the book's major messages about caregivers (family and friends who help care for a patient) fit perfectly with Healthy Survivorship:
• Family caregivers don't need medical training to be effective members of the caregiving team.
• Family caregivers are able to detect subtle changes in the status of their loved ones and should advocate for an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
• Family caregivers are in a good position to work with medical caregivers to prevent complications.
• Family caregivers can protect their loved ones and themselves by utilizing clearly written, legal documents that will make their decisions about end-of-life care enforceable.
Says Hannah, "I want [readers] to know that you don't need a medical degree to be effective. The caregiver spends more time with their loved one than anyone."