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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Most stroke patients make their greatest gains within the first three months, and
Dad had already used up six weeks. ... The next week St. David's informed us
that Dad would have to leave because he did not meet their guidelines for "
They may show little appreciation — or downright hostility — to a child who
shows up two or three times a week, fifty-two weeks a year to bring groceries or
take them to church. Until I moved back to Texas, I thought doing my family duty
Week by week, as I got to know the staff and the residents, and their families, they
became more human and so did I. Once I jettisoned fear and judgments, the
environment became less disturbing and the residents less intimidating. Despite
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