In order to guide children successfully through their time in foster or kinship care, caregivers and practitioners must begin to advocate for the child before he or she is placed with a family, and then both need to combine their fight until permanency for the child is established. Few resources explain the best ways to navigate the labyrinthine, and at times frustrating, institution of foster care, not to mention the dynamics of the foster or kinship relationship once the child enters a home. Additionally, caregivers who raise their relatives' children also seek a relatable resource.Mitchell Rosenwald and Beth N. Riley introduce the first book to offer strategies for effectively advocating for youth in foster and kinship care, paying special attention to the consequences of the trauma youth may experience. Advocacy must be consistent throughout a child's assignment and adjustment, and this text teaches practitioners the best methods for assessing a family's abilities and level of commitment, while guiding families through the various challenges of the foster care system. Part one details the important steps that potential foster parents and kinship caregivers should consider, with the assistance of practitioners, when contemplating caring for youth. Part two addresses advocacy within service providers, such as family court, social service agencies, schools, and the medical and mental health establishments. Part three describes lobbying for agency and legislative change, as well as change within a given community. Case examples ground recommendations in concrete contexts, and an entire chapter discusses how to broker a successful partnership between practitioners, families, and other disciplinary teams.
Everyone wants to live at home for as long as possible. Caregivers can help people with Alzheimer's disease stay in their homes by addressing common safety concerns, as well as knowing the signs that a transition to in-home health care or a long-term care facility is necessary. In the home, chemical hazards, driving, and falls pose major health risks, and wandering away from supervision can seriously endanger the person with Alzheimer's disease. And even once these issues have been addressed, caregivers are faced with a host of questions about the ideal living arrangement for their loved one. Which home services can ease the burden of caregiving? When is moving in with a family member appropriate? When should your loved one transition to a full-time care facility or memory care unit? Having tackled these issues in our own lives, we've compiled detailed checklists to help you with decisions, large and small, that you will face about your loved one's care. With concise checklists on everything from fall prevention to deciding on a memory care unit, this short guide takes the guesswork out of Alzheimer's disease caregiving
Examine a compelling account of a professional caregiver's inspirational struggle with a mind/body illness and the renewed sense of compassion his recovery provides.This uplifting narrative is the story of a caregiving professional stricken by panic attacks, a wounded healer desperate to be healed. When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient is the candid and compassionate first-hand account of Daniel Langford's struggle with the anxiety disorder that signals a physical, cognitive, and emotional crisis that paralyzes him, despite his extensive background as a health care professional, social worker, and pastoral minister. His journey from the disorder's horrifying onset to the understanding and acceptance of its roots, and finally, to an insight that evokes a renewed appreciation for the human spirit is an inspirational guide to healing and recovery.The anecdotal form of When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient lends itself to a personal retelling of Langford's struggle, detailing his sessions with family physician Dr. David Betat, and colleague and co-author Dr. Emil Authelet as they explore the biopsychosocial and spiritual dimension of Langford's attacks. Their informal dialogues serve as a model of how a lateral relationship between colleagues can create an environment for healing and recovery that can be passed on to others. The book also critiques and reviews existing literature on panic attacks and anxiety disorders related to the author's search for understanding.When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient examines: panic attacks--cause, treatment, and recovery a critique of existing literature on panic attacks clinical and spiritual perspectives on anxiety disorders critical elements of the healing process effects on the caregiver's relationship with his/her client a fresh model for the caregiver/patient relationshipAn essential resource for caregivers, counselors and therapists, educators, physicians, and health care and religious professionals, as well as those searching for an understanding of anxiety disorders, When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient reassures those who receive care that the care giver struggles with life as well. That understanding of the mutuality of pain and recovery creates a connection that helps ease the isolation that often accompanies suffering.
The key to sustaining happiness is practice. Use this journal as your daily happiness practice and reminder of your dreams, intentions and goals for the future. Use it to track all aspects of your progress. Have fun with it. Approach it with joy and a lightness of heart and watch the miracles begin to happen!
In clear, easy-to-grasp language, the author covers many of the topics that you will need to know in order to win your dream job and be the first in line for a promotion.
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