Sunday, March 06, 2011

210 (2011 #15). Ending Elder Abuse

I requested this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program based on the following description:
Ending Elder Abuse: A Family Guide is a vital tool to increase the odds of obtaining a satisfactory long-term care facility experience for your elderly relatives who can no longer live on their own.
My parents are both 82 and while they are both presently healthy, I want to be prepared if they need a long-term care facility in the future.  This book didn't quite meet my expectations.

Only 144 pages long, the first 46 pages are about the author's personal experience with the abuse of her mother at a long-term care facility, and the aftermath, which led to her advocacy.  The next four chapters, whose titles each begin with "Attention, Please," address those advocacy issues.

It wasn't until page 75 that the book addressed "Evaluating Your Elder's Care" and outlined five steps for determining what should be done when you realize the older person may need more care.  The following chapter, on "Coping with the Dirty Dozen," addresses twelve common caregiver issues.

The final chapter gives some real-world examples of how "one person can make a difference" in elder abuse advocacy.  This is followed by ten short appendices, a resource list, recommended reading, and more about the authors.  Appendix D on "Evaluating and Choosing a Long-Term Care Facility" is probably the most useful for me.

An adequate book, but not really what I was looking for.

© Amanda Pape - 2011

[This book was provided by the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.  It will be donated to the local public library nonprofit Friends group for their book sale.]

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