The Mindful Caregiver

The Mindful Caregiver

Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey

Book - 2014
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Caregiving can be enormously challenging, terrifically rewarding, and potentially draining. Caregivers often wonder how they will navigate the tumultuous waters of caregiving and not lose themselves completely. The Mindful Caregiver highlights two major approaches to help transform the journey: adopting a practice of mindfulness, which helps caregivers become more self-aware and fully present with the person with whom they are caring, and honoring "the spirit-side" of caregiving which offers new ways of connecting to one another. These approaches take into account not just the needs of the care recipient, but also the needs of the caregiver and other people in his/her life. Remembering to care for oneself when someone else is in great need can be difficult, but with the suggestions and tips in this book, any caregiver can cultivate routines and practices that benefit everyone. Solutions that caregivers can use in their day to day routines are provided, so caregivers who use them can feel more empowered and hopeful. Using real stories throughout, Nancy Kriseman offers self-care exercises and addresses a wide variety of subjects such as setting realistic expectations, making the best possible decisions, advocating effectively, and evaluating available resources and services. The Mindful Caregiver provides inspiration, encouragement, and guidance for finding ease in the caregiving journey. By emphasizing both mindfulness and the spiritual dimension, caregivers can reap the gifts of caregiving, appreciate the special moments, and find strength during the challenging times.
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, c2014
ISBN: 9781442223547
Branch Call Number: 610 .736 KRI
Characteristics: xxiii, 205 p. ;,24 cm


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Nov 17, 2017

Care for the caregiver is the necessary topic here - how to remain healthily in the moment with the sufferer and with yourself, to pause, take a step back, and proceed with caution. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention, and of slowing down the pace of life, and is especially well-suited to caregivers of those with dementia, people for whom only the present moment is real.
Kriseman speaks both from her clinical practice, and from her experience as a daughter-caregiver, of the importance of taking care of oneself, experiencing feelings forthrightly, and seeking a positive and grounded spiritual attitude throughout the stages of caregiving, from diagnosis to "finishing well." The book is chock-full of real-life examples, clear definitions of terms, and practical suggestions.

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