A handbook for people caring for elderly parents, written by the founder of a home health care firm.
In this debut health book, Kazanowski shares lessons drawn from both his own experience dealing with his elderly parents’ needs and his work as the founder of a business that provides home health care aides. The book is written for family members who are responsible for arranging care for relatives—primarily adult children of elderly parents—and addresses the challenges that caregivers face, including stress that can affect their well-being. The book guides readers through the practical aspects of providing and arranging for care, of supporting a parent who prefers to remain at home, and of responding to both the physical and emotional challenges of aging. Along the way, Kazanowski provides checklists and step-by-step guidelines. The book’s concise, matter-of-fact sections feature anecdotes drawn from his parents’ stories as well as those of his company’s clients. They offer concrete examples of how to overcome a parent’s reluctance to employ a caregiver and how parents can manage memory loss while maintaining independence, among other topics. The book also devotes a chapter to the role of hospice care, explaining its history and its role while also dispelling common myths. Kazanowski is knowledgeable about his subject and does an excellent job of presenting complex information clearly, without jargon or hyperbole. He also provides ample lists of outside resources. The book’s major weakness is a chapter on the author’s efforts to establish a health care company in Russia—and the beautiful women he met during the process—as it seems more appropriate to a memoir than a practical manual. These romantic adventures are easy to skip over, though, and don’t diminish the value of the information in the rest of the book.
A thorough, clearly written guide for children of aging parents.