User-oriented and pertinent; highly valuable to anyone looking to learn more about long-term care.

The Elder Care Helper Guide


An authoritative, comprehensive guide to long-term care options.

About 20 years ago, when her mother had a stroke, Chercowas thrust into the role of caregiver and forced to learn about hospitals, rehabilitation, home care and hospice. That experience spawned an interest that led to a master’s degree in gerontology and a career in elder care. It also inspired her to create a website and write this book, which is essentially the print version of the site. Cherco has succeeded admirably in accomplishing her goal: to create a guidebook educating the consumer about the long-term-care marketplace. She begins with a clear, concise chapter on the fundamentals of the health care system. Next are several chapters that describe in detail the various long-term-care options, including home care, assisted living communities, nursing homes, continuing-care retirement communities and “supplemental services,” such as adult day care, hospice care and palliative care. Cherco adheres to a parallel structure, so it is particularly easy to compare the options. Every chapter except the final one begins with a real-life story about an individual or couple, followed by descriptions of the physical space, amenities, personal care services provided, a profile of who should consider this option and typical costs. The author then covers the contract, payment options, how to evaluate facilities and best practices for that type of facility. At the end of each chapter, Cherco includes detailed checklists with instructions, which allow users to compare attributes such as location, buildings, amenities, services, staffing and costs for up to three facilities. The checklists alone should prove extraordinarily valuable to consumers who want to objectively evaluate and compare long-term-care options. The text also includes a helpful glossary of terms and a selection of third-party resources. Cherco has done a masterful job of compiling indispensable details in a guide that is easy to read and understand. Caregivers and elder consumers alike should be able to use this guide as a dependable source of information.

User-oriented and pertinent; highly valuable to anyone looking to learn more about long-term care.

Pub Date: April 7, 2014

ISBN: 978-1495428531

Page Count: 114

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: June 19, 2014

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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