The Carer’s Handbook by Jane Matthews, June 2007
Jane Matthews became a carer when her uncle was diagnosed with cancer. The lack of resources, support and guidance she experienced, together with her feelings of isolation, led her to write this book to help others who find themselves in a caring role.
The Carer’s Handbook aims to be a one-stop-shop for the huge percentage of the population who, now or later, find themselves in a caring role, whether that involves shopping for a housebound neighbour, or giving up work to care full-time for a disabled child or confused parent.
It includes practical advice, guidance, information on financial and employment rights and dealing with emergencies.
The Carer’s Handbook will also help carers care for themselves. It looks at the difficult feelings that go hand in hand with caring, including how relationships are affected.
There’s guidance on what to do when a carer stops coping, and how to prepare emotionally and practically for the time when caring comes to an end.
Jane is a former carer and Chair of Milton Keynes Relate, which ran counselling and support sessions for carers in conjunction with the city's Carer’s Project. She is the author of two other self-help titles, both aimed at helping people make better relationships. She has worked as a journalist on local and national titles and was managing editor of the Open University's newspapers and magazines.
"Simply and clearly written, easy to follow, well indexed - what every carer needs when they embark on the long journey of discovering what they are entitled to, and how to make life as comfortable as they can for themselves and their caree." - Lynn
"The Carers Handbook was a brilliant read, factual and well laid out, yet expressed in a way that was easy to follow" - Meg