Doris Inc.: A Business Approach to Caring for Your Elderly Parents by Shirley RobertsDoris Inc.: A Business Approach to Caring for Your Elderly Parents by Shirley Roberts

Doris Inc.: A Business Approach to Caring for Your Elderly Parents

byShirley RobertsIntroduction byRoger Wong

Paperback | November 29, 2011

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Proven strategies for finding balance in your life and career while maximizing the quality of life for an elderly person

When Shirley Roberts' father passed away, her life and career were put on hold as the demands of caring for her elderly mother, Doris, began consuming more and more of her time and energy. Using her business prowess, Shirley, with the help of her financial advisor brother, developed Doris Inc. Using their business skills, they found ways to maintain their own lives and careers while ensuring that their mother received top-notch care. Much of their success has come from sound management practices and an original financial forecasting tool tailored for elders. In this heartfelt, beautifully written book, Shirley offers sage advice on how to cope with the emotional roller coaster of eldercare, along with proven care and financial planning strategies and tools that have worked so well for her.

  • Features concrete lessons and proven strategies for handling the challenges of eldercare; making tough decisions, finding help, reducing stressful crises and planning for the high costs of eldercare
  • Offers practical guidance to avoid sacrificing your own life while providing the best care for your loved ones
  • Tips on confronting and planning for your own golden years to ensure that you'll have a fulfilling life after retirement and that those who'll be caring for you won't be overly burdened
Shirley Roberts is a graduate of the Ivey School of Business. She ran her own consulting firm, Market-Driven Solutions Inc., before becoming a published author and a consumer trend-spotter, whose research and advice were sought by media and large corporations. Shirley was a board member of Parkinson Society Canada from 2006-2009 and wa...
Title:Doris Inc.: A Business Approach to Caring for Your Elderly ParentsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.3 × 5.4 × 0.8 inPublished:November 29, 2011Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1118100220

ISBN - 13:9781118100226

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is a godsend for anyone facing decisions about elder care Doris Inc. provides great information to help anyone manage the myriad of decisions necessary to ensure aging family members or relatives get the best care they can afford. The book explains a business-like approach and contains many detailed checklists which are very helpful for understanding and dealing with topics such as finances, hospitals and housing options and meeting the social needs of our loved ones (to name a few). The information is presented in a warm and endearing way as the author weaves her own story through it, freely sharing her feelings, and the situations and decisions she and her brother had to make on behalf of their mother Doris, when she could no longer manage for herself. This makes Doris Inc. an easily readable, heartwarming story that also conveys a lot of useable advice. I used a lot of this advice to help my Mom make decisions for my Dad when Alzheimer's robbed him of decision-making capability. Since this book explains some things that should be pondered and set up in advance to ease the way in later years, ideally, everyone would read it before they are faced with the need for immediate decisions. However, it will be a very useful guidebook at any time. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2014-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful and absolutely relevant for Canadians! Required reading! Do you have a family member whom is reaching the twilight years, or whom is there already? Do you know of friends whom could use some advice with regards to how to manage the deteriorating health of an aging person, in the context of their own busy lives? I met the author of this book, yesterday, at a conference regarding home and vehicle modifications for elderly and disabled persons. I was really impressed with the author, and her book. The book is very insightful, and is very well-researched (and is endorsed by several geriatric medical specialists). The title can seem a bit strange to some, but essentially, the book tries to communicate a structure for addressing all of the sensitivities, and types of foresight and actions, that are required in order to manage the aging processes of a senior family member in the most positive and effective way. The book is written in a very engaging style, as the theme woven throughout the book chronicles the challenges that the author had dealing with the care, and eventual death, of her own parents. It provides wonderful and useful insight to children of aging parents, and it provides a type of awareness to aging parents themselves that gives such elders a legitimate resource that can help them to understand the importance of living in particular ways in order to avoid preventable injuries. This book is exceptional value for $20, and should be required reading for everyone in the midst of our aging population (one-quarter of Canadians will be over age 65 by 2020)! This book is insightful and absolutely relevant! 5-stars!
Date published: 2012-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Enjoyable Read I found Doris Inc. to be an easy enjoyable read with lots of practical information and advice for families who are faced with caring for an ill elderly family member. It is a lovely story with a step-by-step guide that explains "what to do" to make life as good as it can be for those we love and cherish.
Date published: 2012-04-09

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: My Heart-Wrenching Caregiving Dilemma 3

Chapter 2: Creating Doris Inc. to Take Better Care of Mom and Me   19

Chapter 3: Finding Balance in My Life  39

Chapter 4: Planning for the Stages of Decline  59

Chapter 5: Financial Planning for Senior Decline  77

Chapter 6: Elder Proofi ng to Reduce Preventable Crises  111

Chapter 7: Navigating the Health-Care Maze and Advocating for Mom  127

Chapter 8: Choosing the Right Type of Living Arrangements 149

Chapter 9: Finding the Best Retirement Residence with Mom 173

Chapter 10: Finding a Good Nursing Home for Mom 185

Chapter 11: Dealing with Dementia  205

Chapter 12: The Last Life of Doris 233

Appendix: Caregivers’ Palliative-Care Guide  249

Index 253