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The Carer’s Handbook: How to be a successful carer – and look after yourself too

Louise Neild Gilmore; Sydney, Australia: Allen & Unwin; 1995 ISBN 1-86373-753-7

In Australia today, there are about 1.5 million carers looking after people with disabilities, illnesses or frailties, often at considerable financial, physical and emotional loss. How can we care for those in need without losing ourselves in the process? This step by step guide shows the way. It covers:

  1. The practical demands of caring
  2. Improving relationships and communications
  3. Managing stress
  4. Resolving conflicts
  5. Carers and HIV/AIDS
  6. Dealing with death
  7. Taking care of ourselves

This is the first book which addresses the concerns of carers as a whole. It looks at the impact of caring on families and individuals. It deals with the practical, financial, emotional, communication and support needs of carers. It contains a wealth of advice on making life better both for carers and the people they are looking after. It also shares the hard earned wisdom of carers themselves. This book shows how to weave the demands of caring into a full life of living, loving, and having fun.

An Oral Hygiene Manual for the caregivers of disabled people

Mark El Gryst; Adelaide, Australia: JFC Foundation; 1990 ISBN 187541200X

The single aim of this book is to document and share the experiences, expertise and knowledge of existing services for people with disability in the Pacific Islands.

The respite care needs of Australians: Respite Review Supporting Paper 1

Diane Gibson, Elizabeth Butkus, Anne Jenkins, Sushma Mathur, Zhibin Liu; Canberra, Australia: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (Aged Care Series); 1996 ISBN 0-642-24710-2

This book assembles a comprehensive array of national data concerning the use of and need for respite care services among those caring for the frail aged and people with disabilities in the community. The report provides a portrait of respite care users and discusses the extent of unmet need for respite care.

This book is the third report in the Aged Care Series produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It was prepared under the auspices of the Respite Review undertaken by the Aged and Community Care Division of the Department of Health and Family Services.

Working with Carers

Christine Herron; London, UK / Bristol, Pennsylvania: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1998 ISBN 1-85302562-3

A complete guide to working with carers, this volume provides a general overview of all the issues involved. The recent surge of interest in the needs of carers is placed in context of social policy, legislation, demographic trends and changes in society. General theories of assessment, group work, stress management and problem solving are applied to working with carers, and suggestions for good practice are underpinned with references to relevant research, policy documents, and the views of carers themselves.

Each chapter covers practical issues and ends with a summary of good practice guidance for practitioners and managers. The author emphasises that carers are not a homogenous group, and includes chapters on working with young carers, with carers of people with mental health problems and of parents of children with disabilities. The author’s clear style and sensible approach ensure that the book is appropriate for practitioners at all levels of experience.