Becoming a family caregiver can make you feel like you’ve been thrown into deep water and it’s sink or swim. One way to overcome that feeling is by learning more about what it means to be a caregiver. There are many great books written about being a caregiver. There are also books written by people who have been in your shoes. If you’re looking for a way to learn about your new role as a caregiver, consider spending some time reading these books that every caregiver should read.
The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself
By Diana B. Denholm
Denholm is a psychotherapist who has worked with women that acted as family caregivers to their husbands. Denholm herself also has experience as a caregiver. The book includes the profiles of six women and how being caregivers to their husbands affected their lives.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers
Edited by Joan Lunden and Amy Newmark
When you’re feeling alone and like no one understands what your life is like, reading this collection of stories about caregivers may help.
The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers: Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent
By Barry J. Jacobs
The chapters in this book each tell the story of a different family and how they handled situations that come up with caregiving, such as medical treatments, arguments with siblings, and marital trouble. The book also provides a list of resources for caregivers.
When the Time Comes: Families with Aging Parents Share Their Struggles and Solutions
By Paula Span
Span is a journalist who was also a caregiver to her elderly father. To write the book, she interviewed other families in the same situation. Each of the families found solutions, though not always perfect ones, to the problems they encountered. The idea of the book is to show caregivers that not everything has to be perfect to be right.
You’d Better Not Die or I’ll Kill You: A Caregiver’s Survival Guide to Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits
By Jane Heller
Need to find the lighter side of caregiving? Heller has been described as the “Nora Ephron” of caregiving. In her book, Heller enlists the help of celebrity friends to and experts in caregiving to help her find the bright and humorous side of the 20 years she spent as a caregiver to her husband with Crohn’s disease.
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