HOME HEALTH CARE: A Complete Guide for Patients and Their Families by Jo-Ann Friedman

HOME HEALTH CARE: A Complete Guide for Patients and Their Families

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Friedman, formerly associated with the Albert Einstein Hospital, and currently a health-care consultant, here provides a useful guide to how to deal with specific ailments and debilities in the confines of one's home. She includes chapters on how to care for victims of ALS, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, strokes, heart problems, arthritis, and renal diseases. Friedman gives a room-by-room description of how one's home should be set up for such patients and offers suggestions as to where to find some of the more esoteric items needed for their care. Those considering the home-care option will take care to read the chapter on insurance, wherein the author alerts us to the differences in policies which render some home care covetable, some not. This is crucial, she notes, for while home care may be a fourth the cost of institutional care, that fact is moot if the total bill has to come out of the care-giver's or receiver's pocket. An excellent appendix offers a resource directory for just about any conceivable medical need. Home Health Care should enable more people to enjoy the benefits of home without sacrificing quality of care.

Pub Date: Jan. 13th, 1985
Publisher: Norton