A complete, step-by-step guide offering problem-solving and coping skills applicable to every caregiver's unique circumstances.
Drawn from over twenty-five years of experience, this comprehensive manual sets forth how to evaluate priorities, understand options, and face bedrock issues so caregivers can make informed decisions for their loved ones, while balancing their own needs and gaining peace of mind.
Author and family caregiving expert David Levy provides a model for effective planning and decision-making, focusing on the nonclinical aspects of caregiving (legal, financial, emotional, and social), which are often neglected by medical professionals:Caring for young and old victims of disability, illness, and chronic disordersFinding ways to make a struggling care system workAssembling core information about a loved one's lifeLocating resources that can m are a difference in making sure a loved one's care needs are metFinding a good family caregiver support groupOvercoming the roadblocks that the caregiver's feelings of distress and failure can createTaking a practical approach to that overused phrase Take care of yourself
David Levy, JD is a gerontologist and a recognized family caregiver expert. Levy holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator in family caregiving and a certified Family Conflict Dynamics Profiler. He facilitates weekly family caregiver support groups and counsels family caregivers, both pro bono and privately.
About the Author
David J Levy, JD, CCE is a gerontologist and a recognized family caregiver expert. Levy holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator in family caregiving and a certified Family Conflict Dynamics Profiler. He is the author of teaching texts and digital tools for nonclinical family caregiving, and he facilitates weekly family caregiver support groups and counsels family caregivers, both pro bono and privately.
Levy consults to professionals on complicated caregiving issues arising from aging, chronic illness, dysfunctional family dynamics, and disability, and is an expert witness. He engages with leading firms in healthcare and insurance on post-acute patient homecare strategies that integrate family caregivers into effective home care management and on workplace strategies for productivity losses caused by working family caregivers.
Levy has founded a number of companies, including AdultCare (1990), the first national company devoted exclusively to the support, education, and well-being of informal family caregivers with a loved one covered through long-term care insurance. He helped design the first proprietary caregiver-specific software solution support program. Levy was instrumental in the creation of the first masters-level program for geriatric care management. He has designed nonclinical family caregiver training programs and teaches train the trainer intensives. He is founder and chairman of the American Association for Caregiver Education (AACE), a fifteen-year-old nonprofit organization devoted to creating education, teaching, and training modalities for family and professional caregivers.
Levy founded two consulting practices: Family Caregiver Advocacy Group, for personal caregiving support, and CaregiverReality, Inc. for support of businesses and corporations.
In 2013 he created and hosted the nationally acclaimed CaregiverReality Hour, a live-streaming radio program reaching a worldwide audience. Mr. Levy is currently working on a new collection of web-based caregiver tools and direct services.