Home Care Assistance Announces New Book, The Handbook of Live-In Care

Written for caregivers, "The Handbook of Live-In Care" provides practical, how-to-advice on caring for an elderly loved one.

Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) December 12, 2011- Home Care Assistance, North America’s premier provider of in-home senior care, is excited to announce its newest book, The Handbook of Live-in Care. Written by Dr. Kathy Johnson, PHD, Dr. Jim Johnson, PHD, and Lily Sarafan, the book offers family caregivers – usually an adult son or daughter – practical how-to advice on caring for an elderly loved one. From understanding the psychology of homebound adults to tips for assisting with everyday needs, The Handbook of Live-In Care is the first definitive guide to maximizing the quality of life for an older adult.

“Over 25% of adults today are caring for a parent or loved one, and the number continues to grow. The 65 and over population is the fastest growing segment of the American population and is set to double in the next 30 years,” said Lily Sarafan, President and COO of Home Care Assistance. “Many families try to cope with aging by taking on caregiving responsibilities, on top of their other family, professional and social commitments. Since many of these family caregivers do not have a nursing or healthcare background, we wanted to help educate them with an easy-to-follow and affordable book on how they can provide the best care for their loved one.”

The Handbook of Live-In Care provides caregivers with everything they need to know about taking care of an elderly loved one who is home bound. The book is comprised of 15 chapters covering important topics such as: The Psychology of Home Bound Seniors, Tips for the Live-in Caregiver, How to Change Diapers and Catheters and How to Exercise Safely. While it should not be considered a substitute for formal training, it provides valuable information for family caregivers stepping into the role for the first time.

In addition to practical advice on providing care, The Handbook of Live-In Care also addresses the impact of caregiving on the caregiver’s emotional, physical and mental well-being.

“We hope that this book can be a resource for the millions of Americans providing care for their loved ones,” said Dr. Kathy Johnson, Founder and CEO of Home Care Assistance. “Being a caregiver is far from easy. 40-70% of family caregivers experience clinically significant symptoms of depression and have poorer health and weaker immune systems than comparable adults. This book will help them understand the feelings of stress and anxiety they have are normal and provide tips on dealing with that stress in an effective way.”

The Handbook of Live-In Care: A Guide for Caregivers, can be purchased online at Amazon.com. For a limited time, we are also making the handbook available for a free PDF download at http://www.familycaregivertraining.com.

For more information on Home Care Assistance visit us online at http://www.homecareassistance.com.

About Home Care Assistance

Home Care Assistance is the leading provider of home care for seniors across the United States and Canada. Our mission is to change the way the world ages. We provide older adults with quality care that enables them to live happier, healthier lives at home. Our services are distinguished by the caliber of our caregivers, the responsiveness of our staff and our expertise in Live-In care. We embrace a positive, balanced approach to aging centered on the evolving needs of older adults. A 2011 Franchise500® Company, Home Care Assistance has received numerous industry awards including Entrepreneur’s Fastest-Growing Franchises and Franchise Business Review’s Top 50. For more information about Home Care Assistance, our services and franchise opportunities, visit homecareassistance.com or franchise.homecareassistance.com.

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