Barely Hanging On

A Caregiver’s Plight

by Lee Hildebrandt

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/12/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 264
ISBN : 9781504360500
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 264
ISBN : 9781504360494
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 264
ISBN : 9781504360531

About the Book

Robert and Lee—a loving couple—try to maintain control of their life together in a situation rapidly spiraling out of control, due to Robert’s debilitating chronic illnesses. Although a seasoned professional healthcare provider and caregiver, Lee finds herself face-to-face with unfamiliar challenges: Adult Protective Services, Medicaid and spend-down requirements, nursing home selection and life-style changes, estate planning, home healthcare assistance, legal issues of guardianship, Hospice care, and more. The journey is overwhelming. “Barely Hanging On” is the story of Lee’s struggle to cope with tough-love decisions while dealing with the healthcare system, the legal system and the welfare system. Sharing the author’s experiences can help you realize that you are not alone on the caregiver’s path, help prepare you for making a similar journey, and provide useful information, ideas and options for you to use while making your journey.

About the Author

Lee Hildebrandt, a Registered Nurse/Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, retired from the VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida. During her career, she has worn many hats: clinical therapist, addictions counselor, nurse educator, published author in several professional journals and Hospice nurse. She is currently living in Santa Monica, CA, where she is an apartment manager and an In-Home Support Care provider.