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Reviewed by Delene Vrey for Readers' Favorite
The Caregiver of the Active Patient by Isabel Walbourne is a short but powerful book as many of us face the reality of loved ones becoming critically ill, be it with cancer, dementia, or autoimmune disease. Though these illnesses are serious, many patients are still active, meaning they can still, to some extent, help themselves, although the disease affects their emotional and rational behavior. Taking care of an active patient is draining and an act of love. The caregiver has to consider the patient's physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being. Walbourne gives a detailed account of what to expect if you are new to being a caregiver. By sharing her insight and experience, she provides a great deal of support where it is needed.
The Caregiver of the Active Patient by Isabel Walbourne is a much-needed and succinctly written guide for anyone who is either currently a caregiver or has just started the journey as a caregiver of a loved one. Walbourne gives a sober account of what to expect and which pitfalls to avoid. Her advice on dealing with the social and financial aspects of caring for an active patient is insightful and practical. The fact that the book is written from the point of view of a Christian is significant and gives the message so much more gravitas. Walbourne has opened her life and experiences for the benefit of others. While she celebrates having a cancer patient survivor, she shares the knowledge and experience they have gained through their crises so that others may find a way through their hardships and benefit from her experience.