Rick Lauber

Most of us were ‘volunteered’ to do our caregiving sessions and the majority of us entered with no knowledge of what would transpire. It definitely became ‘on the job training’. If we had known how to access information on how to do everything, it would have eased our work, private lives, and relationships with everyone including the one we were giving care for. If we had known. The knowledge would have saved time, energy, money, STRESS, and would have enabled us to be more certain of what to do, not fumbling around praying that it would all work out.

While I found Rick Lauber’s “Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians” after most of my caregiving was done, I knew when I read it that I had found ‘the pearl of great price’.  All of the above situations would have been attended to in significantly better ways because of all the excellent information in this book. Following the book’s initial publication — when I first read it and immediately purchased copies for each of my family and those friends who were starting their caregiving journeys – it has been reprinted and released in second edition. This second edition came out in 2014 and contains a new chapter (Chapter 10) on “Caregiving versus Career’ as well as updated caregiving statistics.

Not only does Rick share his personal story (caregiving for both parents for many years until their deaths) and how this affected his personal and professional lives, but gives information on types of caregivers, caregiving from a distance, finding suitable accommodations and moving the loved one(s) when needed. He deals with working with other family members, visiting a loved one, mobility aids and safety devices and even finding joy in caregiving. There are several other first class chapters on the documents required and caregiving checklists and worksheets.

There are many resources listed that caregivers can access to make life easier. Many of these suggestions (at local, provincial, and national levels) a caregiver may not have thought of – caregiving is an extremely busy job after all and one usually only finds out what information is needed when a situation has become acute and rushed.

Rick Lauber’s book is the best resource I have discovered to make a caregiver’s life an easier life to live.

An important theme that Rick reiterates throughout the book is that the caregiver has to look after him/herself first in order to do the best job for the loved one.

Unfortunately, I found out about the truth of that the hard way and it took many years to recover from the burnout.

Statistics I read stated that over 60% of people will be a caregiver at some point in their lives.

As caregivers, we wish to do the best we can for the person we are caring for; this book would be of value to anyone who’s asked to step into a caregiver role.

And those of you who think that just because it says “Caregiver’s Guide for Canadian’s”, it won’t be valuable in your life as you are not in Canada – well, many of the situations in caregiving are universal – no matter where you are living and no matter what health condition you are dealing with you will still find fantastic information suitable to your needs.

I have at least thirty other books on ‘caregiving’ and honestly believe that Rick Lauber’s book is the best resource I have discovered to make a caregiver’s life an easier life to live.

I cannot emphasize enough the incredible help this book could be to a prospective, new, and/or current caregiver and sincerely recommend that each person investigate its worth.

You can learn more about Rick Lauber on his website: Caregiver’s Guide for Canadianshis Facebook page or Twitter account.

As a ‘new’ senior, I am apparently entering my ‘golden years’ (of course we know what God thinks about gold – it’s paving material in Heaven). I’ve spent most of my adult life caregiving – from children, to husband, mother-in-law, mother, and now various friends. I’ve been a widow for 25 years, longer than I was married and have two married children in their forties but no grandchildren. Throughout my working life I have been a library assistant, ward aide in long term care, provincial government employee, and lastly, a Junior High School teacher (Gr 7&8, Home Economics and Science). I have had severe Osteoarthritis for many years and currently use a walker and City buses for transportation.Currently, I spend some time each week visiting friends and patients in long term care, taking in various reading and music materials to help make their day happier.

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  1. This sounds like a fantastic book, thank you for sharing, Rick shounds like a really great guy, I’m definitely going to check out his book. My Mom is going through a lot right now and most days I’m not entirely sure where to start or who to turn to for advise. Thanks again

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