The Osher Center for integrative Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) has published an amazing book, Orientation to Caregiving: A Handbook for Family Caregivers of Patients with Serious Illness. This comprehensive, 68-page publication, aimed at families caring for a family member with a serious illness, is just as applicable to adult children who are supporting sick parents in their last years of life. Written clearly and concisely, with no medical jargon, the book is available in PDF format and contains the following chapters.
- What to Expect as a Family Caregiver
- Managing Care at Home
- Tasks of Caregiving in the Hospital and Clinic
- Communicating with Children about Illness
- Paying for Healthcare
- Planning for the Future
- End of Life Care
- Caring for the Caregiver: Maintaining Wellbeing
The Osher Center Caregiver’s Project, which is directly responsible for the publication, has as its mission, “to the improve the experiences of caregivers of people with serious illness, particularly patients with brain tumors. We do this by working with both family and clinical caregivers.” Additional information about a video from the project is available at the site.