When Roles Reverse: A Guide to Parenting Your Parents, Volume 6
Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Incorporated, 2006 - 312 halaman
After his father suffered a massive stroke and his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Jim Comer found himself an overnight "parent" at the age of 51. When he walked into his father's hospital room everyone looked to him as the "man who knew all the answers." He soon realized he didn't even know the questions.
In ten years of caregiving, Comer has not only learned the questions he has lived them, and with When Roles Reverse he shares his hard-won answers.
He learned to deal with hospitals, insurance companies, rehab centers, his father's deafness and his mother's dementia. Through it all Jim has kept his sanity and sense of humor, in the process forging a deeper, more intimate relationship with his parents.
With laugh-out-loud humor, Jim deals with improvisational moments for which there is no preparation:
And offers personal experience and expert insight on the many issues it's absolutely essential to plan for such as:
When Roles Reverse even includes "Fifty Questions that will save you Time, Money, and Tears," a special section designed to help families initiate vital communication and prepare for the crises, confusion and unexpected joys of caregiving.
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He chose the Wesleyan Retirement Home in Georgetown, where I'd always
hoped my parents would retire. My aunt and uncle lived one block away and my
cousins' law office was within easy walking distance. I got an apartment in Austin,
I called the Wesleyan on Monday morning and they said they'd be happy to work
him in to their schedule for that afternoon. We walked into the activities room,
where ten people were gathered over Bingo cards. The staff quickly ended the ...
Chris Spence has worked in the long-term-care industry for more than twenty -
five years and has been president of Wesleyan Homes, Inc. in Georgetown,
Texas, since 1989. A non-profit facility associated with the United Methodist
Church, the ...
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