The Family Caregiver

Discover the most important things you can do to support your aging parents and loved ones—and yourself.

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The Family Caregiver offers support on the following topics, along with personal anecdotes and stories.
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Planning Ahead with an Aging Parent or Grandparent
Choosing a Long-term Care Facility
The Emotional Load of Caregiving
Behavioral Changes and Questions to Ask
Health Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid
Financial Resources

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About Author Stephanie A. Kennan

Stephanie Kennan has worked in the health policy arena for over three decades. Her experience includes working for two members of the US House of Representatives and for US Senator Ron Wyden (D-Or). She also served as Director of Federal Relations for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; as Assistant Director of Government Affairs for the American College of Emergency Physicians; and as a legislative representative for AARP. She currently is a senior vice president with McGuire Woods Consulting, LLC.

Stephanie has authored numerous articles concerning health policy and is quoted often in the healthcare press on current events. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and earned her MBA from George Washington University and an MA in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Myocarditis Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising global awareness and advancing the scientific knowledge of this under-diagnosed disease.

About The Family Caregiver

An easy-to-navigate survival guide laced with the author’s moving personal anecdotes, The Family Caregiver is a must-have companion on the journey of caring for aging parents and loved ones.

Stephanie A. Kennan knows eldercare and healthcare inside and out—she has worked in the health policy arena for over three decades in Washington, DC. However, she still felt unprepared when her mother’s health problems began. Like so many others who find themselves in the role of caregiving for loved ones, she found she had to learn how to manage her mother’s finances, make difficult health decisions, and select short-term and long-term care options.

This guidebook is ideal for people at any point of their experience as a family caregiver, from people who want to prepare for their eventual role as a caregiver to those first-time caregivers who find themselves facing a moment of crisis, and the “sandwich generation,” who care for both children and aging parents at the same time.

Along with details about how to handle your aging parents’ financial planning, how to know the differences between long-term care options including home health and facilities, and from Medicare and Medicaid to long-term care and Medigap coverage, readers will find practical checklists to help them organize the legal documents, medication lists, medical records, and other necessary information that they’ll need to support their loved one.

While the logistical aspects of being a family caregiver are certainly challenging, sometimes the emotional toll can be even harder. Setting boundaries with parents and deciding how much caregiving you can take on are vital decisions, and this book provides insight and support, as well as tips and suggestions for managing the stress of caregiving.