By: Viki Kind
You know how difficult—even heartbreaking—it can be to make decisions for someone with Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, traumatic brain injury, mental illness, or other cognitive impairment. Feeling confident that you’ve made the right decision would be a welcome relief from the worry and guilt you may be feeling.
The Caregiver’s Path is an invaluable resource for caregivers struggling to make the right decisions, whether it’s taking away the car keys, moving to a long-term care facility or making the difficult medical and end-of-life choices.
A simple, step-by-step process which adjusts as your loved one’s mental capacity changes:
Guidelines to help you determine if your loved one or patient can make decisions, who should make the decisions, and how to make better decisions
Questions to use in almost any medical or quality-of-life situation that will help you gather all of the information you need
Techniques for improving communication between patients, families and caregivers
Expanded end-of-life guidance for making the most difficult decisions
Respect and compassion are the core values of this decision making process.
Viki Kind’s adaptable system comes as much from her heart as from her extensive experience as a bioethicist. This makes her a unique resource that families should know about. As a bioethicist, Viki is the person who resolves healthcare conflicts in the hospital when patient's rights and wishes aren't being respected. Most people don’t know that there is a bioethics committee available to help them in every hospital in the United States. All the distraught loved one needs to do is to dial “0” and ask to speak with someone from the bioethics committee.
The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making gives caregivers the confidence and strategies to make the tough decisions. This is what makes The Caregiver’s Path special as it is not a typical caregiving book but a decision making process book. The Caregiver’s Path provides the peace of heart and peace of mind for the caregiver who is struggling to answer the question, “Am I doing the right thing?”