Award Winning Finalist National Best Book Awards 2008, USA Book News
Finalist Indie Excellence Book Awards Best in Health and Well Being
Help Has Arrived Alzheimer’s Care at Home Alzheimer’s Care with Dignity, is the help you have been waiting for. A handbook of solutions for caring for someone with dementia at home from diagnosis through final stages. Author Frank Fuerst s seventeen year odyssey caring for his wife is documented in detail for others to benefit from. Through trial and error, Fuerst has blazed a path through the red tape to help you care for your loved one at home. A wealth of knowledge and resources to aid you and your family. Alzheimer’s Care with Dignity will help you gain confidence, improve quality of life, overcome emotions and renew hope and spirituality. From secrets of survival to financial and legal concerns, Frank Fuerst has detailed information to share. His book includes step by step routines for bathing, dressing and undressing, eating and even travel tips. A very through Appendix includes activities for daily living, a sample agreement to hire live in help and how to maintain your loved one s skills as long as possible.
What People Say
“The author kept his wife at home longer than any family I can think of. The matter of fact style of the book is very compelling. I find it difficult to put it down. This book will serve as a very useful handbook for caregivers that they can keep referring to as they care for their loved one with a progressive dementing illness. It will serve a real need for a practical nuts and bolts approach to caregiving. This book is loaded with practical tips.” —Andrew A. Schiavone, M.D., Former Assistant Clinical Professor, Georgetown University Medical School
“This is a unique book. It describes in useful and personal detail the experiences learned. Few, if any, others have documented their experiences, their procedures, personal feelings, successes and failures as is done in this volume. Frank’s report and guidance born of experience can be a huge benefit. This ready reference to successful caregiving should be in every home faced with a dementia case, and perhaps those caring for other chronically ill loved ones. Use of Frank’s advice can save countless hours of painful experimentation and enable more time to enjoy the quality of life that may remain with each patient.” —Rear Admiral Donald M. Showers, USN (Retired), longtime caregiver and former Director, Alzheimer’s Association, National Capitol Area Chapter Board
“The accurate technical information is important and Frank does an excellent job. What is more important is that those reading Frank s book will know that they are not alone. Care-giving can be a lonely job and many view their exhaustion, loneliness and frustration as unique. While each specific situation may be unique, it is crucial for caregivers to feel connected, to understand that it is common to feel angry, impatient, and frustrated. I commend Frank for sharing not only information, but emotions as well.” —Jane Marks, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter
About the Author
Frank Fuerst was born and raised in St. Louis, and he graduated from Washington University in his hometown. He flew for three years in the Air Force, during which time he and his wife had two of their three children. Then he spent a career in marketing and education with IBM. When his wife, June, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he took an early retirement and cared for her at home until she died. Afterwards, he worked full-time to prevent development of the headwaters of a Potomac River tributary. He is now a prize-winning writer and poet and lives in the mid-Atlantic area near three of his five grandchildren, one of whom he home-schools.