Book Description

From Library Journal Susik, an expert in the gerontology field, supports the consumer-driven home care approach of supporting the varied health/social needs of the elderly and their families. Her implied premise is that community-based home care is preferable to institutional care, allowing an elderly person and his or her family the freedom to reinforce their own home resources with the help of an in-home hired aide. This book's detailed description of how to go about hiring in-home help is accurately and comprehensively illustrated with appropriate guidelines. Susik also provides tips for deciding 'when and under what circumstances' in-home care is not warranted. Chapters are short and easy to read, and the use of subheadings allow the reader to focus quickly on pertinent areas of interest. The topics discussed include the role and cost of home caregiving, recruiting and electing a caregiver, background checks, the employment agreement, supervision and dealing with taxes, insurance, laws, community resources, and agency-directed home care. Samples of checklists, worksheets, job descriptions, etc., are included. The appendixes provide excellent contact coverage (phone, address, explanation) regarding the network for the aging, the IRS, tax information, forms, and publications. A truly unique, factual, and accurate book for public libraries; keep a copy in the reference section as well.?Linda Malone, DePaul Medical Ctr., Norfolk, Va.Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more From Booklist There are a multitude of guides on the selection of nursing-home care, but far fewer on this topic: establishing reliable in-home care for elderly relatives. Susik spells out the how-to's of selecting, evaluating, and supervising caregivers. Legal, insurance, and tax issues are considered. Finally, 20 pages of resources are appended, including forms, lists of organizations, and tax information. Denise Perry Donavin Read more