An Irresistible Church book review on The Caregiver’s Notebook by Jolene Philo
In The Caregivers’ Notebook, Jolene Philo provides a much-needed resource for caregivers and parents of individuals affected by disability, helping them organize vital information. Caregiving often involves medical, educational, therapeutic, and legal components. All those components, combined with multiple other items involved in supporting a loved one with disabilities, can quickly lead to an overwhelming sense of disorganization.
This practical notebook is filled with a balance of tools and information, along with spiritual comfort and encouragement. Jolene divides the notebook into tabbed sections that are easy to navigate and access. Topics such as emergency information, contacts, medications, insurance information, and legal documents make up part of the practical section. In addition to the practical section, this resource also includes a Bible reading plan, devotionals, and prayer guides.
Jolene provides a solution to the question that many parents and caregivers are asking. “Are the medical concerns of an aging parent, a loved one with a disability, or a child with special needs threatening to overwhelm you? You’re not alone.”
As both a daughter caring for her dad and a mother caring for her son, Jolene has a lifetime of personal experience that she has poured into this book. Admittedly, Jolene shares that she has “not always been an organized caregiver…The Caregiver’s Notebook is designed to jumpstart your organizational skills — minus the blood, sweat, and tears.”
Whether you personally need this book, or want to share it as a gift with someone that you know, it will provide much needed stress relief through organization, ideas, and spiritual encouragement.
A teacher for twenty-five years, Jolene Philo now writes and speaks about caregiving. She is the author of A Different Dream for My Child and Different Dream Parenting, and she hosts a thriving online community for parents of children with special needs at DifferentDream.com. She and her husband have two children and live in Boone, Iowa. The Caregiver’s Notebook is available online at Amazon.