When Caregiving Calls:
Guidance as You Care for a Parent, Spouse, or Aging Relative
When Caregiving Calls is an invitation to a deep conversation about caregiving and its meaning for you, the family caregiver.
About the Book
Caring for a parent, spouse, or aging relative is one of the noblest human activities. It’s also one of the most stressful, posing challenges that can be painful, confusing, and deeply rewarding—sometimes all at once.
When Caregiving Calls is an invitation to a deep conversation about caregiving and its meaning for you.
In these eighteen brief and thoughtful chapters, you will:
- Explore how caregiving reshapes your family relationships and stresses your ability to manage your time, energy, and emotions.
- See how a loved one’s changing state can lead to growing vulnerability, need, and loneliness on the part of care receiver and caregiver alike.
- Read true stories that vividly capture the daily realities of caregiving.
- Engage in questions for reflection to evaluate the impact caregiving is having on you personally and prioritize things you can change.
- Receive candid, practical advice that helps you cope with the challenges you face as a family caregiver.
With a warm, empathetic tone, home care consultant Blight guides readers down the often-rocky path of caring for a disabled, aging, or dying relative or friend…
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A 2020 research report from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the National Alliance for Caregiving estimates that 53 million adults served as caregivers to aging or disabled loved ones during the last year. That’s about 21 percent of the adult population in the United States, and those numbers are growing.
Family caregivers come from all walks of life. Family caregiving cuts across race, sex, religion, national origin, Millennials, Baby Boomers, and the rest of the social identities that pervade our media today.
At the same time, family caregivers may feel as if they are almost invisible because their needs are often overlooked. Their sacrifices are significant. Their lives can be transformed in unanticipated ways while they care for their loved one.
“Over the past twenty years, I have been a family caregiver, I have supported family caregivers, and I have studied caregiving as a phenomenon of social science,” Dr. Blight said. “I wrote When Caregiving Calls: Guidance as You Care for a Parent, Spouse, or Aging Relative to help family caregivers by validating their experiences and guiding them through their individual care-related circumstances.”
The book is written in an easy, conversational style, and it contains chapters addressing the physical, mental, relationship, and emotional realities of caregiving. Each chapter concludes with questions prompting the caregiver to reflect upon the material and write about his or her personal caregiving experience. At the end of the book, the caregiver is invited to review what has been learned and create prioritized action steps for the future.
“When caregivers do better, care receivers also do better,” Dr. Blight observed. “I hope this book benefits you and your loved one.”
Featured in Publisher’s Weekly!
When Caregiving Calls has been acknowledged in Publisher’s Weekly!