While there are many books for caregivers and senior care in general, few are able to distinguish themselves as part workbook, part resource, and part guide. The author, Walt Sonksen has done a nice job putting all three together in this easy-to-read caregiver workbook. In this book, Walt shares life experiences, as well as those lessons learned from the deaths of his own parents. The book encompasses many aspects of family care… Such as gathering personal information and wishes, transition planning, safety concerns, caregiving options, financial and legal issues, and community resources.
This handbook is meant to be used before a crisis so the family and their designated caregivers can spend more quality time with their family member.
Plan Ahead: Tools for the Caregiver is a workbook that can be used and written in and is small enough to fit in a purse or tablet pouch. This is a tool that you will use over time and will add to it as you go along the journey of caregiving. Some of the information is specific to Oregon and Washington, the author resides in the Northwest, however, a reader who is resourceful will be able to access similar information for their own area. The book is geared to the adult caregiver and is focused on senior care, but could apply to any caregiving situation (dependent children, etc…). Throughout the book, you will find checklists, tidbits, personal stories and encouragement. Several well-respected leaders in the elder care field are also contributors to topics like senior living options, downsizing and moving, and mental health.
The book can be purchased on Amazon for a list price of $16.95. Additional details and a downloadable Emergency Medical Packet are available at the website, www.planaheadtools.com.