Caregiver's Journal Good Read; Good Look at Canadian Elder Care
Posted May 14 2009 4:31pm
Living and Dying with Dignity, by Jennifer A. Jilks, is an interesting peek at family dynamics. Jilks’ book reads like a journal. Her personal quest to understand not only what makes others tick, but what she herself feels why she has those feelings, makes for a good story.
Jilks' family includes siblings near and far (physically and emotionally), her complicated relationship with her aging parents who have aliments ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s, her teenage children and her own adult relationships, personal and professional.
It’s a good book, in and of itself. But American’s struggling with the issues of helping our parents get the care they need through our complicated health system will find this look at the Canadian system interesting. The Canadian system is not perfect, by any means. But many times, Jilks will refer to some kind of caregiver come to her parents' home as though everyone is automatically entitled to that care, if they need it. And, in Canada, they are entitled. Those of us who’ve known the monetary cost, plus the sheer logistical nightmare of finding the right kind of care for an ailing elder, are bound to feel envious.
Take a look at this book if you like an engaging caregiving story with practical tips, and if you would enjoy a look at a different type of health care delivery system that we, in the U.S. have. Living and Dying withDignity can be found on Amazon.com.