The Rollercoaster of Care: How to Deal with the Emotional Experience of Caring for Older People

Troubador Publishing Ltd
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While supporting and caring for people as they get older you will be on a rollercoaster ride of emotional ups and downs . The experience of caring is unique to each individual and there are many physical and practical demands, but it is the way in which the role challenges your emotions which can be draining and sometimes even damaging.
Using the authors own experience, as well as extensive interviews with other carers, this book is intended to offer support to fellow carers of an older person. It shows you that you are not alone in the many ways that you are challenged and there is help available. It will help you to recognise the positives that caring can bring to your life and to develop ways of dealing with the challenges.
Directed at those caring for older people going through the normal process of ageing, rather than those caring for people with a long term illness or disability, this book identifies the whole process of caring from the entry phase of the role to moving on after your time as a carer has finished. Each stage has different demands which are highlighted through case examples and practical guidance for coping strategies.
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About the author

Theresa Pollard & Jennifer Sayer come to this subject with considerable personal experience of caring for older people. They have both worked in professional social and community work for many years.

Theresa Pollard & Jennifer Sayer come to this subject with considerable personal experience of caring for older people. They have both worked in professional social and community work for many years.

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Publisher
Troubador Publishing Ltd
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Published on
Oct 3, 2019
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Pages
200
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ISBN
9781838597245
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Language
English
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Genres
Health & Fitness / Health Care Issues
Medical / Caregiving
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