CHAMPAIGN, Ill., April 8 As a nation, it has become ever more apparent that health care is being provided by caregivers at home. But most laypersons find themselves inexperienced in caregiving. The good news is that support for this role is growing. In "Health Care - Are You Ready?: A Handbook for Care Givers" (published by AuthorHouse), author Michael Wayne K. Stahl provides tools and templates to manage the entire health care process and to help caregivers build partnerships with health care professionals.
Based on Stahl's experiences providing care for his father, sister and wife, he discusses how to navigate the medical, legal and insurance processes to maximize benefits; how to efficiently provide effective care and support; how to maintain the caregiver's work, life and care balance; and personal health through the caregiving process. Lastly, Stahl details how to avoid or mitigate pitfalls in the caregiving role.
Caregiving can be rewarding, exciting and even spiritual. But if it is not managed properly, it can also be exhausting, filled with anxiety and frustration. Caregivers are not only responsible for themselves, but they also may be responsible for children, work and maintaining a living environment, all of which increase the demands on them. Providing a holistic and comprehensive view of caregiving, "Health Care - Are You Ready?" helps prepare every caregiver for this special role.
About the Author
Michael Wayne K. Stahl's involvement in health care began when he observed his great-grandmother receiving care in her daughter's home. He played a substantial role in the health care of his sister, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at age 20, and of his wife, who was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer at the age of 43. Together, Stahl and his wife worked through a stem cell transplant, chemotherapy and radiation, surgery and hospice care. During Stahl's tenure in an academic setting, he wrote many papers and delivered a variety of presentations. He currently lives in Champaign, Ill.
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