When you are responsible for another person's physical needs, your own needs are often neglected. After caring for her spouse, who for ten years suffered from a rare, debilitating disease, Kay Marshall Strom is able to bring a voice of experience and compassion to this important topic. She shows you how to
Whether you are caring for an elderly parent, a spouse, an adult child or another family member or close friend, Strom's stories drawn from her own and othes' experiences will encourage and comfort you. And her practical ideas for how to meet your own needs for energy, patience, strength, wisdom, peace and creativity will carry you through many difficult days.
"Kay Strom is a caregiver who has invested countless hours in helping her disabled husband. She knows what it's like to plod through the routines, and she has opened up her heart and shared her poignant and powerful account of how she 'found the smile of God' through it all. Kay has experienced a lifetime of lessons and has catalogued invaluable insights to pass on to other caregivers."
Before You Begin
1. There Is Something Wrong
2. New Role, Uncomfortable Fit
3. The Entire Family Is Affected
4. Crushing Emotions
5. How Should I Pray?
6. Him Versus Me: Where Is the Balance?
7. Platitudes, Rumors Easy Answers
8. The Forgotten Caregiver
9. Someone to Lean On
10. Dealing with Losses
11. Finding the Blessings
12. When Home Is No Longer Possible
13. There Is Only So Much Money
14. Letting Go
15. A Time for Every Purpose
16. Surviving Means to Go on Living
Appendix 1: Nursing Home Checklist
Appendix 2: List of Resources
Appendix 3: Further Reading
Appendix 4: Encouragement from the Source