Sale! The Caregiving Years eBook: $1.99 Plus 10% Off Coupon


Sale! The Caregiving Years eBook: $1.99 Plus 10% Off Coupon

The_Caregiving_Years_Cover_600Why me? Why now? What now?

Family caregivers asked me those questions so often that I decided to create a concept which offered answers and hope. In 1998, I published the first edition of The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey handbook.

Over the years, I've continued to revise and tweak the concept, with hopes that the handbook offers you as many answers and as much hope as possible. This weekend, I created the seventh edition of the handbook, The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey, is available as both a print book and an eBook.

I hope handbook helps family caregivers feel better about their todays while understanding what they’ll need for their tomorrows. I also want to provide a realistic perspective of caregiving while showing that you will make it through and be better for it. The last stage–The Godspeed Caregiver–nudges you to live your dream–a dream newly defined by your caregiving experience.

The Caregiving Years is separated into six stages, beginning when you expect to care for a family member and ending about two years after caregiving ends. Because caregiving can be such a complicated experience, I provide simple coping strategies, wrapped in a keyword and a purpose, to help in each stages. I also offer action plans to guide you through every stage.

With each edition, I’ve fine-tuned the stages. With this latest edition, I’ve added more detail to the second and fifth stage, the Freshman and Transitioning Caregiver. A few weeks ago, I spoke with a reporter who's writing an article based on the Transitioning Caregiver stage. Her questions prompted me to increase my understanding of this stage, which inspired me to take another look at all the stages.

When I first developed the concept, I looked at the Transitioning Caregiver stage–the time when your role changes as your caree nears his or her last days–as about a change in living arrangements, a time when the family caregiver may place a caree in a skilled nursing facility. I now understand the change in the family caregiver’s role relates to what a family caregiver does in the stage.

In this stage, it’s truly about being, letting go of the need to constantly do. My understanding of this stage began to deepen about 18 months ago, when I listened to a former family caregiver express regret that, during her mother’s last months, she didn’t stop often enough to be with her mom. She couldn’t stop doing–finding new doctors, exploring treatments, pushing for cures. She regretted that because the doing stole time from her and her mom. The being buys time. I believe the change in the caregiving role during this stage is an important one to make; the time spent during this stage will be so important to you as you look back on caregiving.

The handbook also includes a story of a family caregiver in five of the stages, as well as tips to help you navigate the bad days, the difficult decisions and the overwhelming emotions. You’ll find articles which offer suggestions to give you courage when you venture out of the house after staying inside for too long, tips to help you manage the holiday season, exercises to help you understand your limits and build your team, and quizzes to make you laugh, reset your perspective and remind you that you have solutions.

My wish for readers of the handbook relates to regrets–I hope the information I share will prevent regrets, will prompt you to be proactive so you’ll be as ready as you can for what’s next, and will show you how to create memories which will comfort you later.

“Your book, The Caregiving Years, helped me enormously,” a reader wrote me. “It would have saved me substantial stress had I had it at the beginning of these fours years of 24-hours a day caregiving to my husband! THANK YOU! It is a masterpiece and I’ve recommended it for other hard-pressed caregivers and those who are about to become ‘and dread it’. I tell them if they are armed with the knowledge and know-how from this book, they will be enabled to handle it.”

You can purchase your copy, either the eBook (a PDF which retails for $4.97) or the print version (which costs $19.97), below. If you’d like to take a test drive before buying, you also can read a synopsis of the concept here.

To celebrate the seventh edition, you can purchase the eBook (PDF version) for only $1.99 plus a 10% off coupon. When you purchase the eBook, use coupon code YEARS to receive 10% off your shopping cart total. Enjoy this discount on our caregiving books, caregiving eBooks and caregiving audio books. It's my way of saying thanks. I've learned so much from each of you and that wisdom becomes these books. Again, use coupon code YEARS to receive 10% off your shopping cart.

Sale ends June 2.

With the PDF, you can easily print journal pages and care plans included in the eBook. The Kindle version will be available next week; when the Kindle version goes live, the PDF will be unavailable for 90 days.

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