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
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