A pleasant surprise benefit of tweeting was being sent this interesting book. A colleague at www.cpea.co.uk was optimistic she could get some tips that would be helpful for her 83 year old mother and agreed to read it. She reports by way of our blog:
The book is well presented with an introduction and list of contents and the hints are set out in alphabetical order – Ageing, Alzheimer’s, banking, bathroom etc. Each topic has its own chapter and is attractively laid out; beginning with a simple fact/numerical comparison, often relating to costs. There is then an explanation of issues, things for a carer to consider along with some essentials. Each section closes with an action list of things to do, web links and signposts for further more specialist information, which is mostly helpful. The text is interspersed with cartoons and pearls of wisdom from carer Min. However fewer pearls would have been wiser.
There is much helpful information contained within the book but it is rather thick and information is somewhat unruly and could be better organised. For example there is some useful information about key locks, which many people would not know about until they needed one, but it could usefully have been linked to the section on security. Likewise kitchen safety could be better linked to fire in the home and the section on fridges. There are various sections covering safety in different parts of the home and similarly different sections on gadgets, aids and Telecare.
The book feels rather expensive at £19.95. A smaller tome at less cost may tempt more people to purchase the handy hints – and make no mistake they are useful. However if ‘prevention is better than cure’ then at under 7p a tip what I have learned may prove priceless to my mum.