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Caresharing

A Reciprocal Approach to Caregiving and Care Receiving in the Complexities of Aging Illness or Disability

By Marty Richards

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Format: Hardcover, 228 pages
Published In: United States, 01 November 2008
The word "caregiver" typically suggests someone doing all the giving for a frail, physically challenged, or aging person, who is doing all the receiving. Marty Richards proposes a rebalanced approach of "caresharing." From this perspective, the "cared for" and the "carer" share a deep sense of connection. Each has strengths and resources. Each can teach the other. Each can share in grief, hope, wisdom and forgiveness. The book's focus is to help caregivers realise that they are not alone in their journey. Richards broadens the scope of the give-and-take relationship to include multigenerational families and faith communities, looking at the strengths each has to offer in the caregiving network. In order to keep the spirit alive, Richards offers a mulitlayered, reciprocal process: * The Dance of Sharing Care * Sharing Wisdom: What the Frail Teach the Well * Sharing Roles: Reinventing Family Roles in Sharing Care * Sharing "Soul to Soul": A Special Relationship with People with Dementia * Sharing Grief: Dealing with the Little Losses and the Big Ones * Sharing Forgiveness: A Key Spiritual Journey * Sharing Hope and Heart: An Active Process One Step at a Time

About the Author

Marty Richards, a clinical social worker, is an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work.

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"Opens up a world of possibilities of ways to 'share' the caring experience and provides a detailed path to support people on their own journey."--Rev. Gwen Brandfass, chair, Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging (a constituent group of the American Society on Aging)"Offers precious wisdom and comfort.... Points the way for caregiver and care receiver to learn, grow, heal and thrive amidst soul-searing challenges."--Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, director, Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; author, Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness"The perfect handbook for anyone called to give or receive care. Brims with wise counsel, inspiring stories and practical resources. Offers a fresh and hopeful vision of mutual relationships to help us realize this graced togetherness."--Kathleen Fischer, PhD, author, Winter Grace: Spirituality and Aging"A creative and vital new approach to caring. Provides an honest, down-to-earth approach to the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of the caregiver and the care receiver. A great blessing and benefit to all persons involved in caring relationships."--Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr., director, Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries, The United Methodist Church"Nothing less than masterful. Richards' concrete and profound perspective on hope and how hope affects caresharing is a wonderful addition to existing literature on caregiving and care receiving. Needs to be read by every caregiver and care receiver as well as their families and friends."--Rev. Donald Koepke, director emeritus, California Lutheran Homes Center for Spirituality and Aging"Gently but thoroughly confronts the myth of independence. We are in this life together. A must read for all pastors and parish life directors."--Rev. James P. Oberle, S.S., PhD, director, Holy Spirit Center, Anchorage, Alaska"An inspiration to many of us in the field of Alzheimer's care. Touches the spirit in all of us, teaches and inspires. Highly recommended."--David Troxel, coauthor, The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care Caresharing approaches the complexities of aging, illness or disability with an emphasis on mutual sharing of care, interdependence, affirmation, lovingkindness and understanding. "Providing care is not a solitary journey, but a relational one," the author asserts in the introduction. "Giving and receiving care offer an "opportunity to recognize what is most deeply human and most deeply divine in the other." Richards encourages reciprocal care between caregiver and receiver as well as others providing support. This approach she calls caresharing. When readers accept Richards' invitation to shift from caregiving to caresharing, she suggests, they will feel less alone, more connected and more hopeful. The book has shown me that my experiences of caring for my wife are meaningful and part of the universal human experience of caring. Until about a year ago, I cared for my wife Ruth, who lives with Alzheimer's, at home, mostly on my own. Since moving her to the nursing care facility across from my cottage, I continue to spend most of the day with her; enjoying her, feeding her at mealtimes and eating beside her. We are experiencing the reality of caresharing each day. My wife and I work together with the health care staff and residents as a community. I highly recommend this hopeful book to anyone caring for a loved one.--Robert Harnish"Connections Newsletter" (06/01/2013)" Odds are favorable that at some point in each of our lives, we will be called upon to care for a loved one due to illness or infirmity. Those who have either served in such a capacity or who have required the care of another know that it can be overwhelmingly stressful. In Caresharing, Marty Richards draws upon her four decades as a clinical social worker and her own personal experience caring for a family member to redefine the roles of caregiver and care recipient in a way that can change the experience into an opportunity for growth for all. By tapping into the strengths of each, the Caresharing approach transforms the traditional give-and-take relationship of caregiving into a dynamic of reciprocal interdependence Richards provides numerous practical suggestions for forming a relationship of mutual love and respect, for building a network of spiritual and congregational support and for exploring other resources for assistance, all rounded out with a bibliography for further reading. This would be a handy resource for any congregational library.--Robet Lewis"Congregational Libraries Today" (01/01/2010) "Opens up a world of possibilities of ways to 'share' the caring experience and provides a detailed path to support people on their own journey." Rev. Gwen Brandfass, chair, Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging (a constituent group of the American Society on Aging) "Offers precious wisdom and comfort.... Points the way for caregiver and care receiver to learn, grow, heal and thrive amidst soul-searing challenges." Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, director, Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; author, Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide for Fostering Wholeness The perfect handbook for anyone called to give or receive care. Brims with wise counsel, inspiring stories and practical resources. Offers a fresh and hopeful vision of mutual relationships to help us realize this graced togetherness. Kathleen Fischer, PhD, author, Winter Grace: Spirituality and Aging A creative and vital new approach to caring. Provides an honest, down-to-earth approach to the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of the caregiver and the care receiver. A great blessing and benefit to all persons involved in caring relationships. Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr., director, Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries, The United Methodist Church Nothing less than masterful. Richards' concrete and profound perspective on hope and how hope affects caresharing is a wonderful addition to existing literature on caregiving and care receiving. Needs to be read by every caregiver and care receiver as well as their families and friends. Rev. Donald Koepke, director emeritus, California Lutheran Homes Center for Spirituality and Aging Gently but thoroughly confronts the myth of independence. We are in this life together. A must read for all pastors and parish life directors. Rev. James P. Oberle, S.S., PhD, director, Holy Spirit Center, Anchorage, Alaska An inspiration to many of us in the field of Alzheimer s care. Touches the spirit in all of us, teaches and inspires. Highly recommended. David Troxel, coauthor, The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer s Care" Caresharing approaches the complexities of aging, illness or disability with an emphasis on mutual sharing of care, interdependence, affirmation, lovingkindness and understanding. "Providing care is not a solitary journey, but a relational one," the author asserts in the introduction. "Giving and receiving care offer an "opportunity to recognize what is most deeply human and most deeply divine in the other." Richards encourages reciprocal care between caregiver and receiver as well as others providing support. This approach she calls caresharing. When readers accept Richards' invitation to shift from caregiving to caresharing, she suggests, they will feel less alone, more connected and more hopeful. The book has shown me that my experiences of caring for my wife are meaningful and part of the universal human experience of caring. Until about a year ago, I cared for my wife Ruth, who lives with Alzheimer's, at home, mostly on my own. Since moving her to the nursing care facility across from my cottage, I continue to spend most of the day with her; enjoying her, feeding her at mealtimes and eating beside her. We are experiencing the reality of caresharing each day. My wife and I work together with the health care staff and residents as a community. I highly recommend this hopeful book to anyone caring for a loved one.--Robert Harnish"Connections Newsletter" (06/01/2013)" Odds are favorable that at some point in each of our lives, we will be called upon to care for a loved one due to illness or infirmity. Those who have either served in such a capacity or who have required the care of another know that it can be overwhelmingly stressful. In Caresharing, Marty Richards draws upon her four decades as a clinical social worker and her own personal experience caring for a family member to redefine the roles of caregiver and care recipient in a way that can change the experience into an opportunity for growth for all. By tapping into the strengths of each, the Caresharing approach transforms the traditional give-and-take relationship of caregiving into a dynamic of reciprocal interdependence Richards provides numerous practical suggestions for forming a relationship of mutual love and respect, for building a network of spiritual and congregational support and for exploring other resources for assistance, all rounded out with a bibliography for further reading. This would be a handy resource for any congregational library.--Robet Lewis"Congregational Libraries Today" (01/01/2010)

EAN: 9781594732478
ISBN: 1594732477
Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing
Dimensions: 22.86 x 16 x 2.79 centimetres (0.48 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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