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Doris Inc.: A Business Approach to Caring for Your Elderly Parents

Doris Inc.: A Business Approach to Caring for Your Elderly Parents

Shirley Roberts, Roger Wong (Introduction)

ISBN: 978-1-118-10022-6

Nov 2011

272 pages

Out of stock

CAD $26.95


Keep your life in balance while maximizing the quality of life of an elderly loved one

When Shirley Roberts' father passed away, her life and career were put on hold as she focused on the demands of caring for her ailing mother, Doris. Drawing on their extensive business experience, Shirley and her brother devised a solution that they called Doris Inc. They applied management practices to caregiving to ensure that their mother received top-notch care, and they could still have lives of their own.

In Doris Inc. Shirley Roberts shares the strategies that worked so well for her family including:

  • Concrete advice about making tough decisions

  • Help navigating the health-care maze

  • Financial pitfalls and ways to avoid them

  • How to get help in a crisis

  • Tips on planning for your own golden years . . .

Praise for Doris Inc.

"I was thrust into a caregiving role for my parents without much support or guidance. It was a grueling and life-altering experience. I know just how significant a contribution Doris Inc. will make to the lives of caregivers and their loved ones."
Christine Lasky, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Toronto

"Doris Inc. has empowering insights that will help family caregivers lower their fear and stress and approach their role in a prepared, informed and proactive way."
Kathi Colwell, RN, Program Manager, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Providence Care Hospital, Kingston

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: My Heart-Wrenching Caregiving Dilemma 3

Chapter 2: Creating Doris Inc. to Take Better Care of Mom and Me   19

Chapter 3: Finding Balance in My Life  39

Chapter 4: Planning for the Stages of Decline  59

Chapter 5: Financial Planning for Senior Decline  77

Chapter 6: Elder Proofi ng to Reduce Preventable Crises  111

Chapter 7: Navigating the Health-Care Maze and Advocating for Mom  127

Chapter 8: Choosing the Right Type of Living Arrangements 149

Chapter 9: Finding the Best Retirement Residence with Mom 173

Chapter 10: Finding a Good Nursing Home for Mom 185

Chapter 11: Dealing with Dementia  205

Chapter 12: The Last Life of Doris 233

Appendix: Caregivers’ Palliative-Care Guide  249

Index 253

Capital Depletion Forecasts