The Caregiver Helpbook
The Caregiver Helpbook is designed to provide caregivers the tools to increase their self-care and their confidence to handle difficult situations, emotions, and decisions. These tools will help caregivers to:
• Reduce personal stress
• Communicate effectively with family members, doctors, and paid help
• Practice self care
• Reduce guilt, anger, and depression
• Experience relaxation techniques
• Make tough decisions
• Set goals and problem solve
The Caregiver Helpbook will not eliminate the challenges of caregiving. However, Powerful Tools for Caregivers has been shown to minimize the negative impact that caregiving has on their lives and help them seek and find resources. The goal is to help caregivers to thrive as individuals.
This second edition includes new information for in-home caregivers, working caregivers, long-distance caregivers, and grandparent caregivers. Other chapters provide resources for driving issues, sensory changes, elder abuse, and end-of-life issues.
The Dollmaker DVD
The Dollmaker DVD is utilized in the first week of the PTC class series and focuses on the importance of caregivers taking care of themselves. Guidelines are suggested for making caregiving decisions and reducing caregiver stress. The DVD is produced by OSU’s Cooperative Extension.