When Caregiving Calls:
Guidance as You Care for a Parent, Spouse, or Aging Relative
As one of the best books about caregiving, 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.
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Featured on: FOX 13 Salt Lake City
If caring for your loved one during the pandemic has made you feel more anxious, you are not alone. During an appearance on Fox 13 Salt Lake City’s “The Place, ” host Jennifer Hardman and I talked about the nearly 83 percent of family caregivers who are reporting increased stress in these uncertain times. Between the stress involved in keeping your loved one safe from the virus, and coping with the added pressures of isolation, a strategy for taking care of yourself is more important than ever.
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…
He continuously reassures the caregiver, especially when he talks about the “rewards” of the role. In this respect, Blight is both educator and cheerleader. His intimate knowledge of caregiving—how it affects the two principals—makes this a valuable resource.
Candid, compassionate, and comforting caregiving advice.
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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.”