So your parents are getting older, say they are managing fine but phone you every day for help? Your brother says he lives too far away to do anything? They need to downsize but the house is full of junk? Trips to your parents with your young children are driving you crazy? John Oakstone combines his experience of looking after his two elderly parents in their last years with his day job as a doctor to produce a pithy but optimistic guide to looking after your parents in their final years.
There is clear, honest yet sensitive information about planning care, ceilings of treatment, and how the process of dying actually unfolds. There are also some excellent tips on navigating the NHS on behalf of a confused and/or reluctant parent and effectively dealing with healthcare professionals. Most poignant, and perhaps most important, however, are the tips on staying sane, having a laugh in spite of it all, and making special memories in those final few years
Targeted Age Group:: 40-60
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
When my Mum finally passed away it was the end of a tumultuous 5 years during which my sisters and I had learnt a lot about looking after parents in their final years. But I had a big advantage, I was a doctor working with patients and their families in similar situations, so I had experienced this process from both sides.
The purpose of writing this book was to pass on some of that knowledge to make those last few years as smooth and rewarding as possible as you navigate this difficult terrain.
Of course having gadgets in the house (second bannister, stair lift, rail at the door, raised seat for toilet) all indicate they are getting old and may face some resistance. I remember my mother's pleasure when the raised toilet seat didn't fit in the downstairs toilet. "It was a horrible colour anyway," she announced triumphantly.
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