Just what the title says--everything a non-professional would need to know about caring for the sick at home, accompanied by clear, how-to illustrations. Hastings, a professional nurse, gives explicit directions for every aspect of nursing care, from the basics of equiping a bedroom-sickroom to learning such skills as giving bedbaths, lifting and moving a helpless patient, the techniques of personal care and administering medications. A chapter on diet and nutrition gives sample menus suitable for invalids along with how-to-serve suggestions. Other chapters detail care for sick babies and children, the disabled and the elderly, and briefly describe some of the most common medical and surgical problems people have to cope with. A chapter on First Aid shows step-by-step procedures for artificial respiration and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), how to treat shock victims, burns and a host of other accidents and home emergencies. For anyone suddenly pressed into the role of home nurse, this book offers reassurance and hand-holding along with a wealth of necessary information.