Stepping Up: A Companion and Guide for Family Caregivers

Cenetta Lee
By Authors Cenetta J. Lee, MLS and Gloria F. Carr, Ph.D., RN

A comprehensive and thorough guide for caring for loved ones and yourself during these difficult times of our life. Based on years of personal and professional experiences, this book provides current information and tips that are so critical when traveling this journey. The importance of this book is underscored by the fact that family caregiving is a national issue because of a growing aging population; the concern for healthcare; and, the economic impact that limits the amount of one’s resources that can be devoted to caregiving. Furthermore, many of us are already caring for an elderly loved one or will face that responsibility in the future.

What Reviewers Are Saying About Stepping Up …

“I found Stepping Up … to be an incredible resource, leaving no area not explored. The recommendations and associated tools are not only valuable but also essential to folks embarking on this journey. Thank you for writing this.”

— Mary Jane Stillwagon, RN BSN, Administrative Director for Performance Improvement, Medical/Surgical/Critical Care Services, Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina

“Today’s seniors and their children expect much more of their retirement than the generation before. Yet few are truly prepared for the paths that they will have to go down to age successfully. Stepping Up … provides a map to assist both parent and child (caregiver) with the necessary tools to travel down this path.”

— Michael Escamilla, Director, Kirby Pines Retirement Community, Memphis, Tennessee

“At a time when our society is placing increased emphasis and importance on the benefits of multigenerational families, and the need to strengthen internal family relationships, Cenetta Lee and Gloria Carr have provided us with a comprehensive look at successful caregiving within a family setting.”

— Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr., President, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

“Finally, a book based on personal experience for those looking for help during a difficult time in life. I love this book, and highly recommend Stepping Up … to caregivers, medical professionals and clinicians who work with those experiencing transformations in health.”

— Norman Mitchell. M. Div. Bereavement/ Grief Counselor, Crossroads Hospice, Memphis, Tennessee

“From time to time, in the course of human events, someone develops a great idea which proves to be transformative. With the publication of “Stepping Up: A Companion and Guide for Family Caregivers,” Cenetta J. Lee and Gloria F. Carr, Ph.D., R.N., have put in one place for the first time every valuable insight and critical information piece necessary to perform the priceless service of caring for a loved one in need of aid and assistance.”

— Prince C. Chambliss, Jr., Attorney, Author, Adjunct Law Professor, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, The University of Memphis

“Stepping Up … will serve as a guide to others going through similar situations… As a professional caregiver, it helps me to understand the feelings of a family going through this with someone they love and respect.”

— Anna Bradford, RN, DSHA, Director of Nurses, Kirby Pines Retirement Community, The Manor, Memphis, Tennessee

“From professional and now personal experience, my wish for each of us facing profound family changes in our society is to have this marvelous tool to help guide our way. Stepping Up … will be a lifeline for everyone-daughter or son, child or parent.”

— Marcia West, BSN, HCA, Director of Professional Services, Retired Interim Healthcare, Richmond, Virginia

“During my eleven years as an Orthopedic Surgeon, I have observed the recovery and comfort of my patients improves after surgery when there is a devoted family advocate. Many of the topics discussed in Stepping Up … will help relatives understand their importance to ailing loved ones… Stepping Up… is a valuable resource for all families – young and more mature when a loved one experiences a life-changing situation.”

— Jack W. Bowling, Jr. Orthopedic Surgeon, Bowling Orthopedics, Wilmington, North Carolina

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